Fri 24 May 2019:
Shocked over the fire tragedy at a coaching centre in #Surat in which many children lost their lives. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. I pray for early recovery of those injured. #SuratFire @vijayrupanibjp @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/J0x5AVuqQh
— Panchal Aniket ™ (@ANIKET13200) May 24, 2019
The building did not have fire exits, while its fourth floor of the Takshashila Arcade center, where the coaching class has been held, was an illegal addition altogether, a local lawmaker told NDTV.
Massive fire in Surat building, 15 dead
— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) May 24, 2019
Footage from the scene a thick plume of smoke and open fire emitting from the building. At least 10 students were trapped by the blaze on the third and fourth floors of the building and were forced to jump in a desperate attempt to escape the flames.
At least 15 students confirmed dead in tuition class fire in #Surat Students seen jumping off Takshashila Complex as fire & smoke engulfs illegal construction on roof of building. CM @vijayrupanibjp announces Rs4 L compensation for each family of deceased. #SuratFire pic.twitter.com/ZI9F5KuGeZ
— Bharat Singh Chandrawat (@B_S_Chandrawat) May 24, 2019
The fire was eventually extinguished by the emergency crews, but at least 18 people, including children, died in the incident. Some 20 people have been injured.
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