A 60-year-old Catholic priest, Rv. Fr. Edmond Nwagbal, was on Saturday burnt beyond recognition in an explosion that occurred at St. Peter Claver Catholic Parish, Nnewi ichi in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The explosion, which occurred around 4 am, was traced to the priest’s room which noise shook the entire community.
The explosion, which blew off the roof of the priest’s room, set fire in the entire room, left the body of the deceased burnt beyond recognition.
The deceased clergyman was said to be resting inside the room after returning from a journey when the explosion occurred.
Another priest was said to have sustained life threatening injuries after reportedly jumping out from a window and was rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
The police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident.
Mohammed said the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.
He said, “Today 16/11/19 at about 04:00am, there was a fire outbreak at St. Peter Claver Catholic Parish, Nnewi ichi in Nnewi North LGA of Anambra State.
“The inferno, which cause is yet to be ascertained affected part of the Church residential building.
As a result the parish priest, one Rv. Fr. Edmond Nwagbala, ‘m’ aged about 60yrs was burnt beyond recognition inside his room at same premises.
“Police patrol teams attached to Otolo Division led by the DPO visited the scene and Fire Service department was equally alerted.
“They responded promptly and put off the fire before it escalated.
“Meanwhile, the victim was rushed to the hospital for medical attention but certified dead on arrival by the medical doctor.
“The corpse has been deposited at the mortuary for postmortem examination.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP John B. Abang, has ordered for a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident,” he disclosed.
The Chief Fire fighter, Engr. Martin Agbili, also confirmed the tragic incident.
Agbili said, “Our men were deployed immediately to the fire scene and we have contained the situation.