Students jump off roof in horrific India center fire, at least 18 confirmed dead (VIDEOS)
At least 18 students died after a huge fire broke out on the top floor of a building housing a coaching center in the western Indian city of Surat, local media reported. Some were forced to jump several stories to flee the blaze.
The fire broke out at the coaching center on Friday afternoon. The exact number of people, who were trapped at the building is unclear, yet at least 120 students were registered for the class, according to local media.
The building did not have fire exits, while its fourth floor of the Takshashila Arcade center, where the coaching class has been held, was an illegal addition altogether, a local lawmaker told NDTV.
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.
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Footage from the scene a thick plume of smoke and open fire emitting from the building. At least 10 students were trapped by the blaze on the third and fourth floors of the building and were forced to jump in a desperate attempt to escape the flames.
The fire was eventually extinguished by the emergency crews, but at least 18 people, including children, died in the incident. Some 20 people have been injured.
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