There are reports of a fire at the West African Examination Council (WAEC) headquarters in Lagos’ Yaba district.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), according to Channels Television, confirmed the incident and stated that the fire was caused by a power surge in one of the offices, which immediately went wild.
LASEMA in its statement said that 7 persons who were trapped as a result of the fire incident have been rescued with the agency carrying out a post-disaster assessment and staff headcount.
The agency said, “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 sent to Channels Television.
“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,” LASEMA said. “Recovery operation ongoing.”