At least 8 killed, 37 rescued alive in Nigeria school building collapse: Reports

PHOTO: A child is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria, March 13, 2019.PlaySunday Alamba/AP
WATCH At least 8 killed, 37 rescued in Nigerian school building collapse

Rescue efforts were continuing into the night in Lagos, Nigeria, after a three-story building that housed a school on its top floor collapsed.

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There were possibly more than 100 students in the primary school when the building flattened, according to reports.

At least eight were killed and 37 were rescued alive, a Nigerian emergency official said Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

PHOTO: People gather as rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building containing a school in Nigerias commercial capital of Lagos, Nigeria, March 13, 2019. Temilade Adelaja/Reuters
People gather as rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building containing a school in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, Nigeria, March 13, 2019.

The building reportedly contained residences, media reports said.

Dozens of children were believed to be still trapped.

Rescuers, swarmed by a massive crowd, searched for survivors using an excavator to peel away the debris. Some rescuers used shovels, while others used their hands.

PHOTO: Rescue workers help carry a child at the site of a collapsed building containing a school in Nigerias commercial capital of Lagos, Nigeria, March 13, 2019. Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters
Rescue workers help carry a child at the site of a collapsed building containing a school in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, Nigeria, March 13, 2019.

Rescue teams were seen peering through tiny holes in the mountain of rubble. Dozens were already pulled from the rubble, authorities said.

Cameras captured dust-covered, dazed children being carried over rescuers' shoulders into ambulances. It was not known how many of the survivors or dead were children or adults.

PHOTO: A woman cries as a body of child is recovered from the rubble of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria, March 13, 2019. Sunday Alamba/AP
A woman cries as a body of child is recovered from the rubble of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria, March 13, 2019.

Each victim pulled from the debris was met by cheers and yelling from the anxiously waiting crowd.

The cause of the building collapse was unknown.

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