Not fewer than five persons including a grandmother in her 70s were trapped after a three storey building collapsed on Swamp Street, Lago Island.

Newstrack learnt that upon collapsed, the building since 2008 had several crack on its wall, a threat or sign of future collapse. The victims were rushed to the Sura Primary Health Centre and according to doctor’s report, “Of the four victims that were rushed here, three persons sustained minor injuries and have been treated and discharged. The fourth person, a man, has been referred to the Lagos Island General Hospital for proper treatment.”

Some residents reportedly escaped unhurt through the back of the house, which was not affected.

A university graduate, Muibat Alatise, said she was left with nothing and appealed to the government for help.

“My possessions are there, including my certificates. We are appealing to the government to come to our aid. The losses are much,” she said.

It was gathered that the landlords of the house, identified only as Osile, allegedly fled the scene immediately the incident happened.

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Michael Akindele, said rescue agencies responded swiftly to the incident.

He said, “We recovered the distress call at about 9am and we activated all the responders to ensure that we have a smooth rescue operation. So far, we have no record of loss of life. We had five people that sustained injuries. Other agencies will investigate the immediate and remote causes of the collapse.”