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Adventist pastor loses family in tragic fire

Adventist pastor loses family in tragic fire

[Photo credit: West Africa Division]

A tragic fire claimed the lives of an Adventist pastor’s family during the early morning hours of Sunday, August 19. Ebenezer AtoKessie was away at camp-meeting when fire engulfed his house, killing his wife, two children, mother-in-law, and wife’s niece. The deceased are Grace Ampah, 65, Linda Kessie, 30, Precious Pokua, 9, and the 4-year-old and infant sons of the couple. 

Linda, a teacher at the Valley View University Basic School in Accra, had recently given birth to their second child and her mother had come to help take care of the baby. Ebenezer had been away since Tuesday and rushed home upon hearing the heartbreaking news. Church leaders immediately visited Ebenezer, offering their support and condolences. 

“This is a most tragic incident, and we can only pray that God will be their source of comfort,” said a shaken Thomas Techie Ocran, president of the Southern Ghana Union Conference. 

Ebenezer is the assistant communication director of the Accra City Conference and son of Anthony Kessie, former president of the then South Ghana Conference.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time. Please uplift the family in your prayers.