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A building under construction yesterday collapsed in the densely populated area of Ajegunle, Lagos State, leaving several persons injured. Although no life was lost, one of the workers escaped death by the whiskers as residents rescued him immediately the incident occurred.
An eyewitness, Fatai Balogun, who claimed to be sleeping in the building after he was recently ejected from his one-room apartment at Layinka Street, said he woke up to observe the early morning prayer before preparing what to eat for the fast when he saw part of the building collapsing.
“I alerted workers who scurried in different directions. But a brick hit one of them and he fell down. We rushed to where he was and carried him out of the building before the debris could land on him. But for our swift response, perhaps he could have died. It was part of the topmost floor that collapsed. Obviously, the decking could not sustain the floor,” he said.
One of the construction workers, who simply gave his name as Femi, said: “Some of us were working on one side of the building when it collapsed. No one can point to what exactly led to the collapse, as the cement was well mixed. We are happy that none of us died in the process.
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