Seven rescued as fire at WAEC office is put out

Seven trapped workers have been rescued after a fire broke out in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) national office in Yaba, Lagos state.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said on Wednesday, October 26, that the fire incident was caused by a power surge on the third floor of the building.

The agency said seven female staff were trapped on the fifth and seventh floors but they have been rescued.

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

“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.

“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.”

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