Strange fire disrupts Catholic priest mother’s burial in Imo

Strange fire disrupts Catholic priest mother’s burial in Imo

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The burial Ceremony of a Priest of the Okigwe Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr. Alex Onyemata in Imo State was
temporarily disrupted when a strange fire engulfed the ambulance at the Weekend.

THE CORPSE OF THE MOTHER OF A PRIEST OF THE OKIGWE CATHOLIC DIOCESE, REV. FR. ALEX ONYEMATA NARROWLY ESCAPED BEING BURNT AS THE AMBULANCE CONVEYING THE DECEASE

But for the the intervention of the deceased family members who accompanied the deceased from the mortuary, the fire which burnt the vehicle, would have consumed the Corpse.

The ambulance conveying it to the morgue burst into flames following a leaking fuel tank.

The ambulance, a Toyota Sienna, completely burnt in the inferno which which happened few meters to the Mercy Mortuary, Umulogho Obowo, in the State.

The bereaved, it was gathered, were forced to carry the corpse in the stretcher and walked to the mortuary to deposit the corpse after hours of bedlam.

According to witnesses, the ambulance left the woman’s compound from Dikenta Avutu Obowo with the corpse, around 2 pm and was gutted by fire while in motion along Owerri-Umuahia Expressway last Saturday, January 11, 2020.

A witness, who simply identified himself as Antiquity Prince, told newsmen that “The ambulance was on motion when the fire started dropping from the fuel tank.

According to him, “On noticing it, the driver immediately stopped and a crowd of people came out to assist him stop the fire with fire extinguishers, buckets of water mixed with detergent, buckets of sand and green leaves, all to no avail”.

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It was further gathered that as they made efforts to quench the fire, the fuel was still dropping more from the fuel thank with fire at the same time, indicating that the fire was already burning inside the fuel tank.

“As the dropping flames became more regular, the bereaved family forced open the ambulance boot and brought down the corpse in a stretcher before the vehicle exploded into real flames and burnt to ashes”, Prince said.

An elder in the Community, hinted that the incident portend a bad omen to the family.

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