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Surat Fire: Students Killed In Surat Coaching Centre Fire Were Aged Between 14 And 17

In a tragic incident, 12 students lost their lives after a fire broke out in a coaching centre at a shopping complex in Surat on Friday.

#Visuals Gujarat: A fire broke out on the second floor of a building in Sarthana area of Surat; 18 fire tenders at the spot. "The operation to douse the fire is on", the fire official told news agency PTI.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the tragic incident.

Local media reports said that the toll could still rise further as many students were undergoing treatment at local hospitals.

Students, mostly teenagers, died "either due to suffocation or jumping off from the complex", he said.

The coaching centre was being run on the covered roof-top, which effectively became the fourth storey, and there was a wooden staircase to reach there, witnesses said.

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"At least 15 people have died in the fire". 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.

A video captured by a passer-by shows students who were inside the building during the fire jumping out in panic.

"Extremely anguished by the fire tragedy in Surat. May the injured recover quickly", Modi wrote on Twitter.

The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakhs for the family of the deceased students. The fire was doused in one hour.

Mr Rupani has ordered an inquiry into the incident and asked Mukesh Puri, principal secretary of the urban development department, to submit a report within three days, his spokesman said.

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