In from Olumide Olaoluwa . . .
A teenager and an octogenarian were among five persons rescued on Wednesday from a three – storey collapsed building in Lagos.
The incident occurred at 4, Odunfa Street, Adeniji Adele at about 9am.
It could not be confirmed how many residents were in the building when it caved in but most residents said some of their neighbours were trapped.
It was gathered that some residents on the third floor escaped through the window before the building popularly called Barrack gave in.
Rescue operations were ongoing with two excavators creating holes among the slabs to enable trapped persons escape.
The octogenarian was rescued over four hours after the collapse.
She was carried on a stretcher with an oxygen mask installed on her nostrils before she was conveyed to a standby Lagos State Ambulance service (LASAMBUS).
The grey-haired woman, though covered with dusts, looked strong and attempted to clean some of the dusts from her ears.
A combined team of Police, Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Federal and State Fire Service, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LSBCA) and Lagos Safety Commission were on ground to manage the situation.
The General Manager LSBCA, Shola Aderigbebe, told reporters the building was marked for integrity test with a 14-day ultimatum served residents.
He decried lack of compliance on the parts of the residents on safety directives, noting that 1104 buildings have been sealed in the last four months.
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