Surat Fire: At least 19 students dead in Fire in a Commercial Complex in Surat, Students Jump Off Burning Building

At least Nineteen students were killed after a massive fire broke out at a coaching centre in Gujarat’s Surat on Friday afternoon. Videos posted by witnesses on social media showed several students jumping out of windows on the top floor of the building to escape the blaze.

Most of the students are said to be between the ages of 14 and 17. Disturbing visuals showed people on the pavement asking the students to jump off the burning building, hoping to catch them. It is not clear if any of the students who jumped, survived.

The fire, which broke out at around 3:30 pm, engulfed the top two floors of the multi-storey commercial building called Takshila Complex in the Sarthana area of Surat, officials said. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

Huge plumes of smoke covered the area. Local residents were seen helping in the rescue operation.

A fire official said 19 fire engines were sent in to control the fire. “Students on fourth and third floor jumped off to the ground to save themselves from fire and smoke. Many have been rescued and sent to hospital. The operation to douse the fire is on,” the fire official told news agency PTI.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Omar Abdullah and Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani were among who condoled the incident.

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