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Policeman killed as Lagos burning building collapse

The six-storey building gutted by fire on Tuesday in Lagos Island has collapsed, killing a policeman at the scene.

The six-storey building located at 43 Martins Street, Lagos Island, collapsed around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday as firemen continued spirited efforts at extinguishing the inferno.

A section of the burning building collapsed on the policeman, severely injuring him while trying to control the surging crowd.
Confirming the death, Mr Olanrewaju Elegushi, Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Lagos Central Business District, said the policeman died in the hospital following injuries sustained in the building collapse.

Officials of the Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, are still battling to curtail the inferno.

Huge crowd thronged the arena, slowing down fire service officials and others from carrying out their duties effectively.

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