Four persons, two males and two females, lost their lives in a three-storey building that collapsed in Mushin, Lagos on Friday.
A woman was rescued on 2/4 Oye Sonuga Street, Palmgrove, Mushin.
The collapsed building, said to be 40 years old, was being used as a club house.
Some people, however, said signs of impending crisis were noticed earlier in the week with part of the building cracking.
Some neighbours said they were not surprised the building came down because there were obvious signs that it was not healthy for habitation.
Many wondered why people did not relay their observations to the appropriate authorities before calamity struck.
Two teenagers claimed that their aunt and uncle with their 10-month-old baby were rescued and receiving treatment at the hospital.
National Emergency Maintenance Agency (NEMA) South West Zonal Coordinator, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told The Nation that two males and two females died, while one person was rescued in the collapsed building.
He said people initially told the NEMA team that three persons were trapped in the building but the agency was able to bring out four dead bodies and rescued one.
Luqman Muritala, a neighbour, confirmed that four persons were brought out dead, while one was rescued.
According to him, the addition of 10 more rooms might be the reason for the collapse of the building.
“The building was already distressed before the owners added 10 more rooms. They just completed the 10 rooms last week. This could have led to the collapse,” he said.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Permanent Secretary, Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyitolu, said the agency received a distress call around 11:45am and quickly dispatched two of their teams to the scene.
He stated that one of the challenges faced by the rescued team was crowd control but were able to surmount it with the help of the policemen and some neighbours.
Distressed buildings beside the collapsed building were demolished in the process of rescue operations.
Residents in the two houses were given time to evacuate their belongings before the buildings were brought down.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government said it was investigating the partial collapse of an old building.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, who visited the scene, directed that the adjoining building be pulled down immediately to forestall further collapse and for safety reasons.
A statement by the Deputy Director Public Affairs, Mukaila Sanusi, said efforts were on to rescue those who might have been trapped in the rubble.
“The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory have been directed to unravel the cause of the collapse. The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency is leading the rescue operations,” Sanusi said.