Surat Fire Tragedy Live Updates: Several teenagers among 21 dead, coaching centre owner arrested

A tragic incident took place on Friday afternoon when there was a massive fire that broke out at a commercial complex in Gujarat’s Surat. In that fire eighteen teenagers were killed out of which many were students at a coaching centre who jumped off the four-storey building or fell to their death when they were trying to escape. Some of them also get choked in the fire that started in the back section of the building.

Passersby captured the incident as well as the horrifying moments on camera where almost a dozen teens trying to escape trails of thick smoke rising from the building, falling and dropping like a stone. A few of the teenagers also jumped off. At one point, there was also a little child who was also seen trying to jump out provoking loud cries from eyewitnesses in horror.

Surat fire tragedy: ‘There was smoke, I did not know what to do,’ witness narrates horrific scene



Most of the dead were students who were attending the class at a designing coaching centre that functions from Takshashila complex in Surat’s Sarthana area.

Gujarat minister of state for health Kishor Kanani said, “Eighteen students have died either due to suffocation or while jumping from the building when fire engulfed the commercial complex”.

A city fire official said that the students who caught in the fire were mostly on the third and fourth floor. “Many have been sent to hospital. The operation to douse the fire is on,” he said.

The Fire department officials immediately deployed 19 fire trucks as well as two hydraulic platforms in order to douse the fire and vacate people who were trapped in the building.

Police officer Praveen Chaudhary told a news agency that there are more than a dozen of students who were hospitalized with burns.

Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said the government had ordered a thorough investigation and examination regarding the incident. “Anyone found responsible for the incident won’t be spared,” Patel said.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has also ordered the principal secretary of the Urban Development department to rush to the site. Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia has demanded a judicial inquiry in this concern.

News channel Tv9 Gujarati also stated that the authorities in a number of other Gujarat cities had gone into damage control mode. In Rajkot, officials carried out fire threat checks at institutions housing coaching centres. In an additional Gujarat city Vadodara, the TV channel has also said that the tuition centres had been shut down by authorities. Media reports about fire safety hazards in further establishments provoked Ahmedabad police to inquire people to report hazardous places.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took twitter to express his grief by saying he was “extremely anguished” by the fire tragedy in his home state.

He tweeted, “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.”

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