Death toll in Surat fire accident increased to 21 on Saturday morning. Most of the victims were reportedly students between the age group of 8 to 15 years. The victims were assumed to be the students of the coaching centre but the latest reports reveal the kids were attending some extra-curricular classes during summer vacation. An FIR was filed against the builders of the complex- Harshal Vekaria, Jignesh and the owner of the coaching centre Bhargav Bhutani.
The fire broke out on the third and fourth floors of the Taxshila complex. According to eye witnesses some of the students jumped off the building to escape burns. As per reports the building had only one entry and exit point and lacked fire safety equipment.
Ahmedabad Municipal commissioner ordered all the coaching centres that lack fire safety protocol to be shut down after the tragic incident.
21 people were feared dead and several others trapped after a massive fire broke on the second floor of the Taxshila complex at Surat’s Sarthana on Friday.
According to Surat Police Commissioner Satish Kumar Mishra, death toll may rise.
At least 19 fire tenders were deployed on the spot and the rescue operations are underway.
The videos of the tragic incident were shared on social media in which students can be seen jumping from the second floor of the building. The initial investigation has said that a short circuit cause the fire.
Massive fire in a building in Surat. Around 10 people jumped off breaking windowpanes. pic.twitter.com/fcApZbhRSx
— Mahesh Langa (@LangaMahesh) May 24, 2019
— Mayursinh (@apkajaddu) May 24, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in tweet have 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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 24, 2019
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered an investigation into the incident. CM has 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 (@vijayrupanibjp) May 24, 2019
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also expressed grief on tragic incident.
Extremely pained by the tragic loss of lives due to massive fire in a building in #Surat, #Gujarat. The incident is very unfortunate and I hope that others who are trapped are rescued soon. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families.
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 24, 2019
BJP President Amit Shah in a tweet expressed anguish on Surat fire and urged BJP karyakartas in Surat to assist the people in need.
Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire accident in Surat, Gujarat. My condolences with the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured. I urge our karyakartas of BJP Surat unit to assist the people in need.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 24, 2019
Union Minister JP Nadda has directed the AIIMS trauma centre director to render all help. Following this, a team of doctors from burn & trauma department of AIIMS Delhi has been constituted and put on alert.