19 students killed as coaching institute catches fire in Surat | WATCH VIDEO OF STUDENTS JUMPING OFF THE BUILDING

The Hush Post | 6:54 pm | One-minute read |

A raging fire in a coaching center of Surat in Gujarat today killed 19 students and left several others injured. Horrific visuals broadcast on national television showed children jumping out of the windows to escape the massive blaze.

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The incident occurred in Sarthana area of Surat. The coaching center is located on the third and fourth floors of the Taxshila Complex which caught fire.

Around 50 students are said to be present at the institute at the time of the incident. The students were attending their tuition class when the fire engulfed the area, supposedly due to a short circuit.  As the building caught fire the students got stuck on the third floor of the building. With no way out some of the children resorted to jumping from the windows while others fell unconscious owing to suffocation. 19 children lost their lives in the incident.

The fire has been put off and rescue operations are on.

The Gujarat government has ordered an inquiry into the incident and state Additional Chief Secretary has been rushed to Surat. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has declared financial help of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of children who died in this incident.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his condolences over the tragedy. “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.

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