A massive fire broke out at a coaching centre on the third floor in a four-storey building in Surat, Gujarat on May 24 around 4 pm in the afternoon.
Around 70 students were present in the building when the fire broke out. According to the fire officials they received a call around 4 pm and they immediately rushed to the spot. 18 fire tenders were present on the spot and were trying their level hard to control the fire. The blaze was so massive that unfortunately, 23 including students and teachers died and several others were injured in this fire incident.
According to the sources, as soon as the students came to know about the blaze they started to find a way to save themselves from the blaze. The fire was so intense that the children were trapped inside and hence the students had nowhere to go while a few of them jumped from the third and fourth floor. Some people were unable to escape and died on the spot. As the rescue operations were carried out, charred bodies were found.
The injured students were immediately shifted to four different hospitals, including the Government Civil Hospital for further treatment. The fire tenders took several hours to douse the rising flames in the building.
Sources revealed that a case under section 304 of the IPC has also been lodged against this incident.
The cause of the fire seems to be a short circuit in a shop in the same building.
Meanwhile in wake of this incident checking has been initiated for fire safety norms in coaching classes, hospitals and buildings across the state. Several buildings including a library in Gandhinagar is also sealed besides around 40 coaching classes in Bharuch and several other places.
Note: The Gujarat government confirmed that the coaching class was being run illegally. The coaching class lacked fire safety equipment including fire extinguishers. The Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered a fire safety audit of schools, colleges and coaching centres following the deadly incident. It has promised to give Rs. 4 lakh to each of the families of those killed.
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