A woman and an 11-year-old girl have reportedly lost their lives in a building collapse on Saturday after a section of an apartment on Abeje Street, Markaz, Agege collapsed.
The deceased residents were identified as Sherifat Olalere and 35-year-old Toyin Ogundimu while one Mustapha Salaudeen was injured.
It was gathered that that the incident happened in the morning when most of the resident were around in the building and engaged in different activities.
The sudden collapse of the building sent everyone into panic and in a short time, the entire community had gathered at the scene of the incident.
According to Punch, the affected section – makeshift structure at the back of the building – was said to have been distressed for some time.
Officials of the Lagos State Management Agency, and the state fire service and policemen who responded to a distressed call from the area, removed the two corpses and deposited them in a mortuary.
The LASEMA General Manager, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu said other occupants of the building had been evacuated. He urged occupants of residential buildings in the state to be conscious of cracks on the walls and raise the alarm.
The affected building, according to him, had already been showing signs of distress and the occupants did not pay attention to it.
“The agency received a distress call via the emergency toll free number at about 10.48am concerning a building at 9 Abeje Street, Markaz, Agege. This ease up the rapid activation of the agency’s Response Team to the scene of the incident.
“Investigation carried out by the LASEMA response team at the scene of the incident revealed that a distress storeyed building suffered partial collapse at the backside.
“Unfortunately, two persons, a female adult, Toyin Ogundimu 35, and a young girl, Sherifat Olalere, 11, lost their lives to the incident and one male adult, Mustapha Salaudeen, was rescued and treated at the scene by the ambulance crew.”