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3 Catholic priests cheat death in Owerri

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By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—Three Catholic priests narrowly cheated death in Owerri, as an early morning fire destroyed part of their rectory in Holy Trinity Parish, World Bank Housing Estate.

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Explaining their miraculous escape during an interview, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Charles Ikwuegbu said the fire was noticed at about 1am.

“I was hearing sparks and honestly, I thought they were gunshots by armed robbers. Then, I started perceiving odour of burning materials. So, I opened the door and behold, the whole house has been engulfed in thick smoke”, Fr. Ikwuegbu narrated.

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The cleric said it was at this point he realized that the parlour was burning and the ceiling was also on fire.

“It was at this point that I realised the parlour was burning and the ceiling was also on fire. We raised the alarm, which attracted other people who helped to rescue us”, Rev. Fr. Ikwuegbu recounted.

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