Surat fire: 20 killed in coaching centre blaze

Surat fire: 20 killed in coaching centre blaze

The fire which engulfed the four-storey building started at the ground floor, forcing students to take cover at roof. At least 20 students were killed, either due to suffocation or falling off the windows in an attempt to escape fire.

An initial investigation suggests the fire was caused by a short-circuit. According to a fire official, flames started from the ground floor and reached the top floor, forcing some students to take shelter on the terrace which was covered.

“Lot of smoke accumulated on the top floor where there were AC compressors and tyres which too caught fire. There was no escape route available for the students who got trapped on the top floors. The fire was doused in one hour. There were no safety equipment installed in the building,” a fire official told the media.

Coaching classes at the centre were run in a shade built on the top floor of the building, Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel said, adding that they “will check if the construction was illegal”.

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Source: India Today


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