The collapsed building, INSET: ASP Tenge speaking to a journalist at the scene
The collapsed building, INSET: ASP Tenge speaking to a journalist at the scene

A building under construction in Cantoments in Accra Saturday evening collapsed, killing one person and injuring 12 people

The collapsed building, INSET: ASP Tenge speaking to a journalist at the scene
The collapsed building, INSET: ASP Tenge speaking to a journalist at the scene

The 12 injured persons?and the deceased were all?artisans working on the building, which was meant?for a restaurant.

Originally, the building?was a residential property?before the new owner
decided to convert it into a?restaurant. Workers were?on site as at 9:00 pm busily?putting the building into?shape.

However, the building?suddenly caved in from the?first floor which had just
been floored with concrete,?trapping two people under?it, resulting in the death of?one.

According to the Accra?Regional Police Public Relations?Officer, Assistant
Superintendent of Police?(ASP) Effia Tenge, nine out?of the twelve persons that?were sent to the Police Hospital?and the 37 Military?Hospital had been treated?and discharged.

Explaining what happened?to ,?she said ?At 11:30pm on?Saturday the police had a?distress call that a building?had collapsed at Cantonments?in Accra.

?So immediately a team?of patrol men were?deployed to the scene. On
arrival we were able to rescue?12 people, leaving one?under the rubbles.?

ASP Tenge said the?remaining person under the?rubbles was found dead
when he was removed at?about 11:30 am on Sunday.

She said the casualties?were between the ages of 20?and 30, stating that ?the first?batch of six was sent to the?Police Hospital and the second?batch of six was also?sent to the 37 Military Hospital.?

ASP Tenge said one of?the discharged persons who?gave an account of what?happened to the police, said?they were working when?suddenly the building collapsed.

ASP Tenge said the?police worked together with?a team of military, the?National Disaster Management?Organization?(NADMO), National Ambulance?Service and the?National Fire Service personnel?to rescue the workers.

?We are yet to find out?who owns this building and?what really happened. We?are going to conduct an?investigation and come out?with what really happened,??she stated.

ASP Tenge expressed?appreciation to Mendanha?and Sousa Construction for?providing the police with?earthmoving equipment to?help rescue the workers?who were trapped under?the rubbles.

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