Scores of residents have been feared dead and injured with many others still trapped under the rubble after a four-story residential building collapsed on the Island part of Lagos State.
The incident which took place on Tuesday comes barely days after a similar accident occurred in Abule Egba area of the state on Saturday, killing a woman and her baby.
It is understood that the building located at No. 3, Massey Street, Lagos Island – owned by Kafo Family and managed by Isola Costa before its collapse on Tuesday afternoon – killed at least five people with 15 victims rescued.
It yielded and collapsed around 2:30p.m., shortly after the rain without any prior warning or crack, an eyewitness said.
It was also gathered that the structure was initially a three-storey building before another storey was added to increase the level of the structure.
Hundreds of people gathered at the scene where rescue workers and heavy machinery were sifting through the rubble.
Speaking on the tragedy, Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe, said 15 persons have been rescued, noting that efforts were still ongoing to rescue dozens who are still trapped under the rubble.
At the scene of the incident, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), men of the state fire service, as well as police operatives, were deployed to secure the property from looters.