Tragedy struck on Monday after a foreman and a five-year-old girl lost their lives to a collapsed three-storeyed building under renovation on Daddy Alaja Street, Oke Arin, Idumota, Lagos Island.
Fourteen others were said to have sustained varying degrees of injury in the incident which occurred around 7am.
Local reports gathered that the landlord had asked the occupants to vacate the building pending when it would be renovated.
He was said to have given the job to a contractor, who allegedly advised him to pull down the structure due to its poor condition.
However, the landlord allegedly declined the advice and insisted on a renovation.
Some of the tenants, including a family of four, were said to have refused to vacate the building, just as some of the workers started living in it.
The building came down on Monday, trapping many of the occupants.
Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Ambulance Service, National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and the police were said to have responded to the incident but also we’re unable to rescue the two victim’s in time.
The area was cordoned off as a crowd of sympathisers besieged the house so witness the pathetic aftermath.