Remember the Catholic Priest that got burnt in during the weekend? The Nnewi Catholic Diocese had revealed what actually led to his death during the fire incident.
The Catholic Diocese of Nnewi is of the opinion that late Very Rev. Fr. Edmund Nwagbara, might have died from inhaling toxic fume from the inverter battery in his apartment which exploded. Before his death, the deceased was the Parish Priest of St. Peter Clavers Catholic Church, Nnewichi, Nnewi. He died in a fire that engulfed the Parish House on Saturday night and his body was burnt beyond recognition.
Mentorslinks.com gathered from Anaedonline that, the Chancellor of the Diocese, Rev. Fr Hyginus Aghaulor, gave the explanation in a statement released by the Diocese on the death where he said that Rev. Fr. John Obasi, the first Assistant Parish Priest of the church, was also affected, but escaped with burn injuries.
According to him, Nwagbara might have died from toxic fumes from the inverter battery in his apartment. Late Rev. Fr. Nwagbara conducted sacrament of reconciliation for a couple he was to conduct a wedding for in the morning he died. He explained that about 02.30 am, there was a big bang coming from Fr. Edmund’s (Nwagbara) room that woke some people up. But before the intervention of people, his apartment was already in flames.
Part of the statement read thus; “Fire Service was called and they managed to come in ‘our Nigerian way of approaching such issues. Neighbours tried to put out the fire, but it was simply like a hell.”
“When eventually the Fire Service gained entrance into Fr. Edmund’s apartment, he was already burnt beyond recognition. It is very likely that the fire came from the inverter in his room. When it was heated up, the battery blew up like a bomb.”
“Looking at late Fr. Edmund’s remains, he didn’t look like someone that struggled before dying. The toxin from the burning battery which he must have been inhaling slowly in his sleep might have killed him before the actual fire burnt him.”
“One would expect someone struggling or trying to escape to die very close to the door or at a corner and not to relax on his bed,” he said.
However, Rev. Fr. Aghaulor expressed a deep sense of loss in the Diocese and prayed to God to grant repose to the soul of the dead and quick recovery for the wounded.