The classes of a coaching institute were being held in the top floor of the building when the fire broke out and in panic, the students jumped from the building.
At least 18 people, including students and teachers, were killed when a major fire broke out on Friday afternoon in a building in Surat city of Gujarat. The classes of a coaching institute were being held in the top floor of the Takshashila Arcade building when the fire broke out and in panic, as many as 20 students jumped from the building. Some of them are said to be in critical condition. Most of the students are said to be between the ages of 14-17. More than 50 students were inside the building when the mishap took place and 20 students have been safely evacuated from the building. The injured are in a critical condition and have been admitted to the hospital for treatment.
More than 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The fire has been brought under control and the rescue operation is over. The fire broke out on the second floor of the building. As per the initial investigation, the fire broke out due to a short circuit in the building. The fire has been brought under control now. The cooling operation is going on. After cooling off, the reason for the fire will be ascertained.
The Takshashila Arcade is a four-storeyed commercial and residential building. The same building also houses several residential flats that were also affected by the fire. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the children who died in this incident. The state government has asked for an investigation into the matter.
Reacting to the incident Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief, asking the state government and local authorities to provide all possible assistance to those affected. "Extremely anguished by the fire tragedy in Surat. My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. Have asked the Gujarat Government and local authorities to provide all possible assistance to those affected," tweeted PM Modi.