Thursday, March 23, 2006


Wind Shears Nine Stories of Lagos Landmark

`Heavy winds ripped away much of the top nine floors of a fire-weakened Nigerian building early Wednesday, raining debris on mostly empty streets and leaving people on lower floors waving frantically for help.

The 21-story Nigerian Industrial Development Bank had already been heavily structurally damaged by the blaze Monday, which gutted the 10th and 11th floors.

Wednesday’s winds during a heavy downpour shredded large portions of floors 13 through 21, with much of the debris crashing to the streets about 8 a.m., said Segun Ade, a guard at a nearby building.

Late Wednesday morning, a few people could be seen on the bottom floors, waving for help.’

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