We warned occupants to vacate collapsed building – Lagos official
Occupants of a three- storey building that collapsed in Apongbon area of Lagos Island on Monday failed to heed repeated warnings to vacate the house, an official of the state building control agency has said.
LASBCA Acting General Manager, Oyewale Joseph, told journalists that the building collapsed due to weak foundation and use of substandard materials.
Two people died, while 14 others were rescued from the debris when the building under renovation collapsed at Daddy Alaja Street in Apongbon area of Lagos Island on Monday.
Joseph said, “Before now, LABSCA district office on Lagos Island had served all statutory notices on this very building and having served all the notices, we have also sealed the building twice.
“Last week Friday the building in question was sealed off and all the occupants were chased out by LABSCA enforcement team.
“The developer took advantage of the long weekend and began illegal renovation of this building. There is no renovation permit and there is no letter from the supervising engineer.”
He said LABSCA was doing its best to ensure that all the distressed buildings on Lagos Island and within the state are under its control.
Earlier, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Tiamiyu Adesina, told journalists that the prompt response by the agency led to the rescue of 14 victims alive.
“The agency received a distress call at about 7:00 a.m. concerning the collapse which prompted the immediate activation of the agency’s emergency and other response teams.
“The agency immediately mobilised all the stakeholders to the scene and successfully rescued 14 victims with various degrees of injury, who were immediately moved to Lagos Mainland Hospital for treatment,’’ he said.
He advised owners and developers of buildings in the state to strictly adhere to building codes and physical planning laws to avert unnecessary loss of lives.
A resident of 14, Daddy Alaja Street, Mr. Femi Akinde, said some occupants of the building had just returned from the early morning prayer when the incident happened.
“It happened at exactly 7:20 a.m. this morning, 14 people have been rescued and taken to hospital while two people died but people are still trapped on first floor and the second floor.
“People were rescued on the third and fourth floor while the second and the first floors sank,’’ he said.
He said the house was for residential purpose but the ground floor was used for business.
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