A massive fire engulfed the iconic Durban Christian Centre Jesus Dome on Tuesday night.
Most part of the building located in Buro Crescent was completely engulfed in the flames of the raging fire‚ which lasted for some hours.
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@Chrisfeltonza twitted : “So the Jesus Dome is on fire.. An explosion and flames. #JesusDome” He also posted a picture of the burning church.
— Chris Felton (@chrisfeltonZA) June 7, 2016
According to ER24 emergency medical service, while fire fighters were making every possible effort to douse the fire, ER24 paramedics‚ province and other services were on scene to arrest the situation.
“When paramedics arrived on scene they found the roof and part of the building structure alight.
“Fortunately no injuries have been reported at this stage‚” ER24 said.
After several hours of team work, Rescue Care later tweeted that the fire has been extinguished.
Though there was no mention of attack on worship places, the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) cited the current terror alerts from Britain and Australia in its reaction to the fire that engulfed the iconic Durban Christian Centre Jesus Dome building on Tuesday night.
“We are concerned when places of worship experience such incidents‚” said its spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu.
Mahlangu implored for caution to be applied in order to avoid any possible attack.
“Precautions have to be taken to neutralise any potential threats and the public assured that nothing is being taken for granted‚” he said‚ seemingly drawing a link between eyewitnesses reports of “a massive explosion” before the blaze to the US and British alerts about “a high threat from terrorism” in SA.
“We sympathise with the church for the damage and hope that the destruction is not a deliberate act‚” he said‚ adding that he “urged authorities to investigate the cause of the explosion” and “not to undermine terror attack warnings they have received from America‚ Britain and Australia”.
Meanwhile, the cause of the fire was said to be a mystery.