Surat Fire Updates: 17 dead as helpless kids, teens jump off building

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Surat, May 25 (UNI) At least 17 children died and 16 others were injured in a major fire that broke out in a building in Sarthana area of Surat city in Gujarat.

The fire broke out in the Smart design Studio where children take drawing and art classes. It was situated on the third to top floor of a ground to 3 storied building Takshila Arcade. As there was only one entry in to the studio which was blocked due to the fire which spread quickly due to the wooden floor and wall work in it, some of the children jumped off the terrace and died.

The fire call was received at around 4 pm and was controlled in around 2 hours. 15 to 16 others have been admitted to various hospitals. The drawing classes was on the third floor while a gym was on the second floor. Some charred bodies were recovered from inside. Disturbing videos of the incident showing panicked children jumping to death of the roof have emerged.

He did not rule out the possibility of increase in the number of casualties. There were no proper fire safety norms followed in the building.

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