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Emergency Services Agents Put Out WAEC Office Fire



A fire which broke out in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) national office in Yaba, Lagos State has been put out.

According to eyewitnesses, people trapped in the building were seen frantically calling for help through the windows. Some staff were reportedly seen attempting to jump through the window of the building to escape the fire.

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

The agency revealed that seven female staff were trapped on the fifth and seventh floors but they were eventually rescued.
Firefighters from the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) were instrumental to extinguishing the fire.

A statement by LASEMA said: “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,” the statement said.
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