More than 30 people were injured when fire engulfed the telecommunications building in Lagos on January 24.
1. GV PAN Telecommunications tower in Lagos with smoke billowing from top 0.09
2. SV & GV PAN Crowd of spectators around fire brigade trucks (2 shots) 0.26
3. SV Firemen take fire hoses into building (2 shots) 0.35
4. TV & SV Crowd massed at base of building, firemen with oxygen tanks enter building (2 shots) 0.46
5. GV & SV PAN Crane moved by firemen into position as crowd looks on (3 shots) 1.03
6. SV Injured being taken from the building 1.08
7. GV ZOOM TO SV President Shagari arrives to inspect damage, smoke pours from top floors, President Shagari looks on (3 shots) 1.23
8. GV PAN DOWN Smoking building surrounded by firemen 1.30
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Background: LAGOS, NIGERIA
More than 30 people were injured when fire engulfed the telecommunications building in Lagos on January 24. Firemen were still fighting the blaze 13 hours after it broke out and some of the injured were hurt when they jumped from windows of the burning building. Crowds of sightseers made rescue work difficult on the ground and Nigerian air force helicopters were used to winch ten of the inured from the roof. Many important installations in the building were seriously damaged including the international telephone exchange and microwave radio transmitters. Following an arson threat last year, a team of firemen had been permanently stationed in the building as a precautionary measure. However, Lagos Radio reported on January 24 that they had been withdrawn from their special duties three weeks ago. While the rescue work was continuing, the building was visited by the Nigerian president, Alhaji Shagari. He talked with those in charge of the firefighting and also to some of the injured.
Source: REUTERS - SHITTU FABIYI