Seven people have been rescued from a fire outbreak which occurred at the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, headquarters in Jibowu, Lagos State, today, 26th October, 2022.

In a statement made available to newsmen hours after the event, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA said the fire incident was caused by a “power surge” on the third floor of the building.

The government agency told Channels Television that upon arrival at the aforementioned location, its officials found a section of the WAEC HQ multi-storey building on fire.

The agency said seven female staff were trapped on the fifth and seventh floors — but were eventually evacuated. “Upon arrival at the aforementioned location, a section of the WAEC HQ multi-storey building was found to be on fire,” LASEMA said in an update on the situation.

“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 was put out around 8 am as the situation has been put under control.

“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 agency added that the recovery operation is still ongoing.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe