CITIZENS COMPASS– SEVEN staffers of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), Yaba, Lagos State, were trapped when fire gutted the building on Wednesday morning.
However, all were rescued by emergency responders during rescue operations.
The incident occured at about 7am due to power surge.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu in his updates said the victims all females staff of the Corporation were trapped on the 5th and 7th floors and were safely evacuated due to the swift response of the Rescue team on ground.
“Upon arrival at the aforementioned location, a section of the WAEC HQ multi-storey building was found to be on fire.
“Further investigations revealed that the fire started at the 3rd floor of the 12 storey building due to power surge.
“A total of 7 female staff of the Corporation were trapped on the 5th and 7th floors and were safely evacuated due to the swift response of the Rescue team on ground.
“The fire has also been put off and dampening down concluded.
“Post disaster assessment and Staff headcount ongoing.
“The combined efforts of the Agency’s team alongside the Agency’s Paramedics, LASG FIRE, FED FIRE, UNILAG FIRE, LASAMBUS and LASTMA are on ground to ensure a swift recovery. “