Published: Sat, May 25, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

At least 15 students die in India fire

At least 15 students die in India fire

Some of the injured students are believed to be in critical condition.

After Ahmedabad, authorities have ordered closure of coaching centres in Rajkot and Vadodara till proper audit of fire safety systems in commercial buildings are conducted. This was the only entry and exit at the coaching centre. The fire was reportedly triggered by a short circuit.

The coaching centre was being run on the covered roof-top, which effectively became the fourth storey, and there was a wooden staircase to reach there, witnesses said.

"The students lost their life both because of the fire and jumping out of the building", Deepak Sapthaley, a fire official in the western city of Surat, told AFP. The identity of the deceased has not yet been established due to severity of the burns. He said all of the students had been accounted for.

More than 24 fire brigades rushed to the spot. Many media reports are suggesting that at least 12 students are feared dead.

As the rescue operations were carried out, charred bodies of women and children were taken out.

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When the van arrived at the center about 8:25 a.m., all children were offloaded except for the baby girl, according to police. The log from Wednesday morning revealed that two of the infant's siblings were accounted for, but not the infant.

"Several students on the fourth and third floor jumped off to the ground to save themselves from fire and smoke".

The fire that broke out in a commercial building in Surat on Friday was caused by short-circuit, sources said.

Majura MLA Harsh Sanghavi tweeted, "As an parents of two kids and public representative I feel it is BLACK day for me and Surat". In February at least 17 people died in a Delhi hotel fire. HT couldn't verify to which the students who died belonged. The government has also ordered a probe.

Visiting the site of the tragedy, Mr Rupani said the audit would find out if educational establishments in the state have proper equipment and facilities to deal with fire incidents. My prayers are with the family of victims. "They have been put on alert", health minister JP Nadda tweeted.

"The incident happened because of the business of education in Gujarat".

Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter, "I'm deeply hurt by the news of fire in Surat". There should be a judicial enquiry into the matter. He added that the institute did not follow fire safety norms, without saying what violations it was guilty of.

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