Nine escape death as Abuja building falls

Rescue operations will resume Tuesday at the site of a four-storey building which collapsed at Life Camp, Abuja, on Monday, the Federal Fire Service has indicated.

Mr Emeribe David, a Superintendent of Fire, told the News Agency of Nigeria that all the agencies involved agreed to resume the rescue operation on Tuesday morning.

NAN reports that the building, which was said to be a hotel under construction, collapsed around 4 p.m. on Monday, trapping undisclosed number of labourers.

David, who led the team of firemen to the site, said that the fire service received a distress call around and reached the site about 15 minutes later.

He said that his team joined other agencies in the operations to save the lives of the people trapped in the wreckage.

He identified some of the agencies as the FCT Emergency Management Agency, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Emergency Management Agency and security agencies, among others.

“Immediately the Fire Service received the call, we were deployed to the scene with a fire truck and ambulance crew to see what we can salvage.

“We do not know the number of people that were trapped, but we will figure that out when we continue the operations in the morning,” he said.

The Director-General of FEMA, Dr Abass Idris told journalists that nine persons were rescued last night before the rescue team closed for operations at about 10pm.


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