'My home burnt down' - Congregant of Jesus Dome church

2016-06-07 21:07

Durban – A fire at the Durban Christian Centre (DCC) Jesus Dome has been extinguished, emergency management services confirmed on Tuesday night.  

The church which is on the N3 in Durban went up in flames a short while ago.  

(Photos via Life Response 24/7)

“The structure is still smouldering with hot spots. Firefighters are damping down. The structure is still very hot,” said EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie. 

McKenzie said they were monitoring the situation in case they received calls from residents in the area suffering from breathing difficulties due to smoke inhalation.

A member of the church, Christopher O'Grady told News24 that he left the church 45 minutes before it was engulfed in flames.

“I have mixed feelings about what happened because it is my home burning down. It is my church,” he said.  

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willis Mchunu also expressed sadness at the news that a large portion of the church had burnt down.  

“We have a programme of provincial government where we work with religious leaders. The Durban Christian Centre (DCC) has always been central in our efforts to promote social cohesion ...,” Mchunu’s spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya told News24.  

He said the premier will be interacting with all stakeholders including the eThekwini Municipality and the newly appointed MEC for Community Safety and Transport to ascertain what had happened.

“Institutions such as the DCC must be protected at all times,” he said.  

No injuries have been reported.  

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