A-60-year old woman, Mrs. Risikatu Majekodunmi and 19 others escaped death yesterday when a-50-year old storey building located beside the palace of Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo collapsed.
The buildingm which is also situated adjacent to the Abeokuta South Local Government Secretariat in Ake Abeokuta, reportedly caved in at 8:a.m. yesterday while most of the occupants were still in the building.
The occupants, according to an eye-witness, rushed out of the building shortly before the building caved in with a thunderous bang.
The building, Vanguard learnt, had been marked for demolition by the state government to give room for the expansion of the road in the area.When Vanguard visited the scene yesterday, some of the occupants of the building were seen making efforts to recover their property.
While counting her loss, the 60-year-old Mrs. Risikatu Majekodunmi who sells local gin and herbs, explained that, the building collapsed few minutes after they all moved out following the strange sound coming out from it.
Another victim of the collapsed building, Mrs. Amuda Olowonyo, who sells food near the building, said she and her customers would have been dead if not that, they all took to their heels when the build- ing started collapsing.
Addressing newsmen at the scene, Chairman of Abeokuta South Local Government, Mr. Lanre Edun, who blamed the incident on the heavy rain that fell the previous day, also traced the collapse to old age of the building
He said, government quickly responded to the incident with the invitation of fire service and other relevant rescue teams.