India college fire kills at least 17 students

India college fire kills at least 17 students”

Most of the students are said to be between the ages of 14 and 17.

In a bid to save themselves, several people tried to jump out of the top floor of the building in the city's Sarthana area, Surat Police Commissioner Satish Kumar Mishra said, according to the Hindustan Times.

"The injured were being rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment and fire brigade has been on the spot", said a local police official.

PM: The fire broke out around 3.30 PM, engulfing the third and fourth floors of the building.

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.

Another politician, C R Patil, alleged there were gross safety violations in the building; the coaching class was being run from an illegal construction on the topmost floors and there were no emergency fire exits.

Television footage showed people trying to grab a large banner on the side of the building as they plummeted down. Local residents were seen helping in the rescue operation.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered an investigation into the incident.

Expressing grief over the incident, BJP's National Vice President Baijayant "Jay" Panda tweeted "The horrific scenes of the Surat fire are very distressing, bad loss of lives".

He also declared financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each for the family members of those who died in the incident. My condolences with the bereaved families. "Urge the state government & authorities to take swift measures and provide all requisite assistance", says Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala. "I pray for the families who have lost loved ones, & for the speedy recovery of those injured".

The primary reports state that the fire was caused due to short circuit and spread rapidly engulfing the entire building.

"Extremely anguished by the fire tragedy in Surat".

Live BlogNarendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah have expressed condolences towards bereaved families. He also said that the Gujarat government shall assist in the rescue efforts.

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