Tragedy struck on Thursday, when a 5-year-old boy died and scores narrowly escaped death following the partial collapse of a distressed three-storey building in Adeniji Adele axis of Lagos State.
It was learnt that the building sited at 19, Church Street of Adeniji Adele Street in Lagos Island suddenly, caved in partially when some of the occupants including the deceased child, were already asleep. It was gathered that the incident occurred in the early hours of the day.
According to men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, who raced to the scene on rescue mission, the single, yet-to-be identified fatality was lost due to a room beam that partially collapsed on the boy when the incident occurred. Other occupants at the time of the incident sustained different degree of injuries and have been taken to hospital for treatment.
Director General of LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the incident, explained that: “The distress call which was transmitted at 10:55 am, July 8, 2021, through the Toll Free 767/112 Emergency numbers activated the Lagos State Emergency Response Plans that saved the lives of other residents and properties surrounding the affected building.
“Situation report had it that upon arrival at the scene, a room beam partially collapsed on a five year old boy, at the aforementioned address.
“Further investigation revealed that the building had been slated for non integrity test because of visible cracks on the beam and columns of the building, all the tenants had been asked to evacuate the building and also the building has been cordoned off for safety of residents.
“Unfortunately, a small boy lost his life to the incident scene”.