LAGOS, Nigeria -- Eight people were killed after a building housing a school collapsed in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos on Wednesday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.
"The situation report of search and rescue operators at the scene of the building collapse at the moment ... has indicated that 37 people were rescued alive and 8 were recovered dead," said the agency's spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye, in a statement.
Relatives of some of those trapped under the rubble had waited anxiously at the site as night fell -- with the rescue effort taking hours. There was jubilation at the scene as one man was pulled out alive.
Shina Tiamiyu, general manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, told dpa earlier that more than 40 people had been rescued.
The three-story building in Lagos' Ita Faji neighborhood, home to a school, residential apartments and shops, collapsed early Wednesday, according to NEMA spokesman Sani Datti.
The cause of the building collapse and the number of children inside the building remained unknown. Several local newspapers reported that about 100 children had been attending school that morning.
Local broadcaster Channels TV showed footage of several children being pulled out of the rubble.
Building collapses are not uncommon in Lagos, where construction is poorly regulated. In September 2014, 115 people were killed when a guest house collapsed in the city.
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