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Devastating fire in Surat building claims 20 lives

The scene in Surat, Gujarat where a major fire broke out at a commercial complex that housed, among others, a coaching centre, killing 20 students, on May 24, 2019.
The scene in Surat, Gujarat where a major fire broke out at a commercial complex that housed, among others, a coaching centre, killing 20 students, on May 24, 2019.
With the fire brigade personnel pulling out more bodies from the charred remains of a coaching centre in a Surat building which caught fire on Friday, the death toll in the tragic incident rose to 20, while 16 other students were injured.
 
As many as 13 of the deceased students of were girls while three were boys. Four bodies, which were charred beyond recognition, were yet to be identified. 
 
Four of them died during treatment at a private hospital. 
 
The injured were admitted to four different hospitals, including the Government Civil Hospital.
 
Authorities told reporters that the fire was sparked off in the afternoon  by an short circuit in the electricity transformer of the building. As many as 18 fire tenders took several hours to douse the rising flames in the building.
 
The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) late in the night filed a first information  report (FIR) against three persons, including the builder of Takshashila Arcade in Sarthana area and the person who ran the coaching centre.
 
The SMC authorities were inquiring whether the building had the statutory permissions, including regarding fire safety.
 
The coaching centre was being run on the covered roof-top, which effectively became the fourth storey and there was a three-foot-wide wooden staircase to reach there, witnesses said. This was the only entry and exit at the coaching centre.
 
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who rushed to Surat, ordered an investigation by Mukesh Puri, Principal Secretary, Urban Development, into the incident and announced special assistance of Rs 4 lakh to the families of the deceased children.
 
Shocked by the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter: "Extremely anguished by the fire tragedy. 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."
 
Several other leaders, including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel also condoled the death of the students.
 
IANS
 

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