Rupani ordered the principal secretary of the Urban Development department to rush to the spot, conduct an inquiry and give a report within three days. Many were seen jumping off the building in a bid to save themselves from the fire. "Have asked the Gujarat Government and local authorities to provide all possible assistance to those affected".
Eye witnesses said that they saw several students jumping off the building to save their lives. The fire erupted at the coaching centre which is located on the fourth floor of Takshila Arcade.
Police officer Praveen Chaudhary said more than a dozen students were hospitalised with burns.
The fire has been doused and a probe will reveal the cause of it.
Ketan Jorawadia was able to rescue at least 10 students. My condolences to the families of the bereaved, we mourn along with them.
The fire is suspected have started either from an AC compressor or some electrical equipment in the coaching centre, which spread quickly to the wooden stairway - this connected the third floor to the terrace where the class were held.
BJP President, Amit Shah also took to Twitter to express his sympathy towards victims and their families.
Amitabh Bachchan expressed his grief and wrote, "T 3174 - awful tragedy in Surat. a devastating fire and 14-17 year old children caught in it jump off the building and perish".
PM: Rajnath Singh on the fire incident in Surat: "Deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives due to fire in Surat".
Wishing speedy recovery to the ones injured, global wrestler Sangram Singh wrote, "My heart goes out to the students who lost their lives in #SuratFireTragedy". My thoughts are with the families of the deceased.
Bollywood celebrities have also taken on social media to express their horror and distress over this shocking incident and wished the victims a speedy recovery..
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