Five persons have been rescued alive from the two-storey building which collapsed in the Onike area of Lagos on Saturday while four dead bodies were recovered.
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the Zonal Coordinator Southwest, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), told newsmen in the early hours of Sunday that investigation showed that the collapsed building under construction was located within a compound and it was a frame structure at the time of the incident.
“The building crumbled during a downpour at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday.
“The building was bequeathed to the family members and some of the family members awarded it to a developer who was converting the bungalow building into a three-storey building before it collapsed,” Farinloye said.
Farinloye explained that where the location of the building is located, contains a cluster of buildings and the rescue operation is being hampered by the lack of space, assuring that the emergency responders were working hard to get to ground zero.
He added that Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Federal and state fire services, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the police and the Nigeria Red Cross are also participating in the operations.