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One dies, 2 trapped in another Lagos building collapse

By Evelyn Usman
Lagos — One person was killed yesterday after an uncompleted  one-storey  building collapsed at Oniru Estate in Lekki, Lagos State.

An  Assistant Director of the Lagos State Fire Services, Mr Rasaq Fadipe, who led a rescue team to the site, said five people were at the site when the building collapsed.

“Two of them escaped without any injury while three were buried under the debris. We were able to rescue two with some injuries but the third person was dead,’’ he said.

He said the building collapsed when a carpenter was trying to remove woods from some pillars.
“I suspect that the pillars were not dry, that led to the collapse of the building,” he said.

Fadipe said his team always faced the challenge of ascertaining the number of people buried under any collapsed building.

“We always tell people that whenever there are workers in a site, they should endeavour to have a register to ascertain the number of people at the site at any particular time,” he said.

General Manager of  Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Oke Osanyintola, confirmed that the rescue team found only three people under the debris.

“The two that were rescued alive have been taken to the hospital while the dead person has been taken to the morgue.

“We have used a sophisticated equipment called Delsa to search if anybody was still buried under the debris; the result was nil,” he said.

He commended residents of the estate for alerting relevant agencies promptly, saying that the early arrival of the team led to the rescue of  the two persons.

“We need the cooperation of the people to enable us to give efficient services and move the state forward,” he said.
A food vendor, Mr  Idris Mohammed, who witnessed the incident,  regretted  that the victims were his customers.

“Since they started working here, I have related closely with them only for me to watch from afar and see them buried alive.

“We tried to rescue them  but to no  avail until the Lagos State rescue team came.
“We are grateful to the state government because  we would have been mourning three people instead of one,” he said


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