On July 6, 2011 · In News
…35 persons rescued, several others trapped
By Evelyn Usman, Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
LAGOS – A four-storey building collapsed at the early hours of Wednesday at Idumota/Ebute Ero area of Lagos, killing at least eight persons.
Report said over 35 persons were rescued from the debris while an unspecified number were, at press time, still trapped under the debris.
Among the casualties were persons from two different families, including children and women. The building, located at 4, Mogaji Lane, comprising several apartments and shops was reportedly constructed 10 years ago.
The collapsed building
Trouble started at about midnight, following a deafening sound which left the occupants in the dark. Some of them, particularly those on the ground floor, managed to escape. Among them were a man, his wife and their two-month-old baby.
Youths in the area were said to have started rescue work where some of the trapped persons were rescued.
Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Agency, LASEMA, State Mobile Ambulance personnel who later arrived the scene reportedly rescued about 30 persons including Secretary of Community Development Association (CDA), Mr. Tajudeen Adeyemi and his wife.
National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and policemen also joined in the rescue work.
Another view of the building.
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