Three persons were on Saturday confirmed dead when a storey building collapsed at Oforola in the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.
A family of seven persons were living in the building as of the time the building collapse.
The state commissioner of police, Chris Ezike, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said that one Mr Marcellenus Okpomechela and his two other children died while his wife, Felicia Okpomechela and three other of their children sustained injuries and were rushed to the hospital.
The CP said that a rescue mission was on going , adding that the state Deputy Governor , Eze Madumere, and Deputy Chief of Staff (operations) Kingsley Uju had visited the scene of the tragedy.
The state chairman of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr Emeka Ugoanyawu, confirmed the incident to our correspondent on the phone.
An eyewitness, Mr Dan Opara, told our correspondent, that the incident occurred around 4am.