Fire guts section of WAEC office in Lagos, seven rescued

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Seven persons have been rescued on Wednesday following a fire incident at the headquarters of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in Lagos State.

According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) the fire started on the 3rd floor of the 12-storey building due to a power surge.

The agency added that a total of seven female staff of the Corporation were trapped on the 5th and 7th floors and were safely evacuated.

“Upon arrival at the aforementioned location, a section of the WAEC HQ multi-storey building was found to be on fire,” the agency said in a statement.

“Further investigations revealed that the fire started on the 3rd floor of the 12-storey building due to a power surge.

“A total of seven 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 the ground. The fire has also been put off and dampening down concluded.”

A post-disaster assessment and staff headcount are ongoing, the agency added.

“The combined efforts of the Agency’s team alongside the Agency’s Paramedics, LASG FIRE, FED FIRE, UNILAG FIRE, LASAMBUS, and LASTMA are on the ground to ensure a swift recovery,” LASEMA said. “Recovery operation ongoing.”

 




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