Thursday 11 July 2013

Couple, Baby, 3 Others Die In Collapsed Building In Lagos

The bodies of a couple, a baby and three others, have been pulled out a three-storey building that collapsed in Lagos on Thursday morning.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that six persons had also been rescued from the building on 29b Oloto St., off Cemetery Road, Ebute Metta, which collapsed at 2:00 a.m. on Thursday.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South-West, told NAN that the agency got information that the building started cracking at about 1:30 a:m. and finally gave way at about 2:00 a.m.

Farinloye confirmed that six people had been brought out dead, while six others were rescued and taken to hospitals with minor injuries.

NAN reports that emergency workers were still combing the debris for whoever might be trapped.

NAN reports that officials of the Nigerian Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Red Cross, NEMA, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the state Fire Service, as well as youths in the area, were helping out,

A rescued resident of the building, Miss Dalikis Abdulamid, 23, told NAN that she was at the balcony of the second floor when the incident happened.

She said that her mother and her four siblings were also rescued, but had been taken to hospital.

According to her, they had been noticing cracks in the walls of their rooms, but that their father used to patch these up with cement.

``We did not know that the building will collapse. By about 2:00 a.m., when the building came down, some of our co-tenants were trapped, while some were dead,’’ she said.

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