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Three die, nine rescued from collapsed Lagos three-storey building


Rescue team at the scene of the collapsed building at Freeman Street, Lagos…yesterday

Three persons, yesterday, died, when a three-storey building collapsed at No. 7, Freeman Street, Lagos Island. Nine persons were lucky to have been rescued alive.

The incident, which occurred about 4.00a.m., trapped 12 people, nine of whom were extricated alive while three were found dead. One of those rescued was a seven- year-old boy. Others included six adult males and two adult females.

Those who died included nine-year-old Abdusalam Balogun, a girl of about six, and an adult female, all of whom were handed over to the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU) to be transported to the morgue for further processing.

However, those rescued alive were given pre-hospital care by Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and LASAMBUS to stabilise their conditions, before being rushed to hospitals by the combined team of responders. 

With all residents of the building now accounted for, LASEMA had commenced a controlled demolition and carting away of rubbles of the self-collapsed building.

The ongoing operation, overseen by the Director General/Chief Executive Officer, LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke–Osanyintolu, is supervised by the Agency’s Director of Operations, Olatumse Akinsanya, an engineer, with the Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, MPP & UD, Dr. Idris Salako and General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Bisi Kosegbe, an engineer.


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