A Lagos pastor, Kenneth Eze; his wife, Favour; and their two children, Miracle and Marvellous died on Wednesday after an early morning fire suspected to have been triggered off by a power surge took over their home at Buraimoh Street in the Bariga area of Lagos State.
The family of four lived inside a shop where Kenneth and his wife sold drugs and provisions. Kenneth who is also the founder of World Harvest Ministry reportedly relocated his family to the shop after he could not raise money to pay rent for his former apartment.
As soon as the fire was put out by LASEMA, relatives of the victims were said to have taken the corpses to their hometown in Umueze Ala Ogboko, in the Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo State.
Burnt clothes, drugs, fans and a pot of vegetable soup were seen by our correspondent in the shop during a visit on Wednesday, as smoke still billowed from the dying flames.
Residents and family members of the victims also besieged the scene, as many sympathisers and passersby fought to catch a glimpse of the burnt shop.
Two other shops were affected by the inferno before the intervention of firefighters.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, confirmed the fire and the deaths.
“It happened inside a chemist. A man, his wife and their two children were consumed by the fire, which started early in the morning. We alerted the fire service and other emergency responders to the scene,” he added.