Coaching centre fire kills 18 in India

Published: May 24, 2019 20:08:46 | Updated: May 25, 2019 13:41:27

A massive fire has broken out at a coaching centre in India’s Gujarat killing at least 18 people, including children.

The fire broke out around 3:30pm on Friday and engulfed the top two floors of the multi-storey commercial building, reports bdnews24.com quoting India media.

Most of the students are said to be between the ages of 14 and 17, the TV station said in a report on its website.

Citing videos of the incident aired by TV channels and posted on social media, newspapers said several students jumped off the third and fourth floors of the building to escape the blaze.

Primary reports say the fire started due to AC ducts and compressors, The Times of India said, quoting a fire staff on the spot.

Nearly 18 people were taken out and sent to hospitals, according to the fire crew.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that he was “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," he tweeted.

An investigation has been ordered into the incident and the state government has promised to give Rs 400,000 to each of the families of those killed, the NDTV said.

Several students of the coaching centre were killed and many were seen jumping off the multi-storey building in Surat after the fire broke out.

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