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3 sleeping worshipers burn to death after church burns to the ground

By Mason White 12:45 PM March 12, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
Three people are dead after a fast moving fire destroyed a church, police in Nigeria said.

Oyo State Police said that the incident occurred at the Marcyland Prayer Ministries.

Five people were injured in the fire, including a pregnant woman identified as Sade Oyediran. The fire broke out at 2:00 a.m. Joshua Oyediran, the leader of the church, was arrested for questioning.

According to the initial investigation, the fire began inside an adjoining room at the rear of the church and spread to the main building. Later, a gasoline tank exploded and accelerated the fire.

The fire lasted for three hours, and killed two men and a woman. The worshipers were sleeping when the fire began.

Police launched an investigation, and so far, no charges have been filed.