Gujarat: 17 students killed in Surat coaching centre fire

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At least 17 students were killed after a massive fire broke out at a coaching centre in Gujarat’s Surat on Friday afternoon.

The fire engulfed the third and fourth floor of the Taxshila Complex.

Shocking visuals of the accident have emerged where several students can be seen jumping off the third and fourth floors of the building to save their lives. 

According to a fire official, 18 fire tenders were sent in to control the fire.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his thoughts are with bereaved families and asked the Gujarat 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,” Modi tweeted.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expressed sadness over the fire tragedy. He has ordered an investigation into the incident and also declared financial help of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of children who died in this incident

“Deeply saddened by the news of Surat fire tragedy. Instructed officials to do needful. My prayers are with all those affected. May those who have been injured recover at the earliest. I pray for the departed souls. Om Shanti,” Vijay Rupani tweeted.