7 rescued, 1 dead as Building collapses on Lagos Island

14 rescued, others trapped as 4-storey building collapses in Lagos

14 rescued, others trapped as 4-storey building collapses in Lagos

Scene of a collapsed building at No 3, Massey Street, Lagos Island, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday afternoon said two more bodies have been recovered from the debris of collapsed building in Lagos, bringing the death toll to eight.

Ibrahim Farinloye, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Nigeria's southwest region, told Xinhua that the 11-year-old boy had his legs already chopped off when he was pulled out of the debris.

As at Tuesday evening, two dead bodies were evacuated from the building while 14 others were rescued alive.

He said that the required six-foot in-between building was not observed in the area, adding that the adjacent building was also under threat of collapse.

An investigation into the cause of the building collapse has commenced, local authorities said.

Meanwhile, the residents blamed the recently erected telecommunications mast and the rains for the structurally defect on the building.

Heavy duty equipment was deployed to search through the rubbles.

Tiamiyu said the community believed that the building was not strong enough to carry the generator as the building was vibrating whenever the generating set was on.

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.

NAN reports that a woman and her daughter died on Saturday when a building collapsed at Abule-Egba, a Lagos suburb.

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