Three persons have been confirmed dead and nine others rescued after a three-storey building collapsed at number 20 Freeman street in Lagos Island in the early hours of Saturday.
The occupants were reportedly fast asleep when the building collapsed.
Six persons were initially rescued from the rubbles by men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency LASEMA, National Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning, Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASSMBUS) and are currently receiving medical attention while the body of a 14-year-old boy has been recovered from the rumbles and deposited in a morgue.
“Nine to 10 people are suggested to be living in the building. Efforts are on to rescue the remaining people,” said Southwest Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Ibrahim Farinloye.
Lagos State Emergency Management Authority LASEMA officials say an additional three more persons have been rescued bringing the total number of survivors to nine. The agency says efforts are still being made to find and rescue more survivors.
The Managing Director of LASEMA, Olufemi Oke Osanyintolu, who was at the scene of the incident, told newsmen that the building was already marked for demolition before it collapsed today.