21 killed in a fire blaze in Surat

A fire broke out in a Surat’s four-storey commercial building on Friday. 21 students were killed in the incident at a coaching centre. Three students are still missing.

About seventeen students have been rushed to the hospitals in the city, some are in a critical condition.

The fire blaze started at around 3.30 p.m on the ground floor, soon covered the third and fourth floors of Takshashila Arcade in the Sarthana area of the city.

The students were attending preparatory classes. The walls and roof of the building were made of plastic.

The students tried to jump off the building for safety purpose which did not have any fire safety systems installed.

An official of the Surat fire control room said, “Nineteen fire tenders and two hydraulic platforms rushed to the spot.”

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced compensation of ₹4 lakh for the families who died in the incident.

Following the tragedy, authorities have swung into action and ordered shutting down of all coaching centres and classes in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot and Vadodara.

“As a precautionary step, all coaching class, dance class, summer camp and all such premises which houses children shall be closed until further notice and fire safety compliance certificate from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation fire department,” Ahmedabad Police said on the official twitter handle.

Ahmedabad Police also re-tweeted a message from its officer regarding the Surat fire tragedy:

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