Three-storey building collapses in Lagos, occupants evacuated

The side view of the distressed and partially collapsed storey building at 6, Olonode Street, Ebute Meta, Lagos

A three-storey building collapsed in Lagos, Monday morning, at around 9;00 a.m., amid heavy downpour.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), in a preliminary report on the cause of the collapse, said, the building had been ““severely distressed with the reinforcement.”

LASEMA Director General, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said all occupants of the partially collapsed building situated at No.6 Olonode Str., Ebute Metta in Lagos, had been evacuated.

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“All the occupants have been evacuated from the premises, while the entire building has been cordoned off to prevent any secondary incident,” he said.

Oke-Osanyintolu said after evacuating all the residents, it was also observed that the building was corroded had visible cracks on the walls and pillars due to lack of maintenance.

He also said that all the slabs of the building were weak, causing part of it to collapse, but according to him, there was no loss of life and nobody was injured.

Oke-Osanyintolu said that LASEMA experts and LAGOS State Building Control Agency (LASBCA),  officials were at the scene of the incident.