Around 150 students rescued from fire

Around 150 students rescued from fire

Agency News

Surat, Jun 25: A ghastly tragedy was averted here on Tuesday when 150 students of a school in Bhatar road locality of Surat city were taken out safely after a blaze erupted in a nearby factory.

The school was sealed for alleged violation of fire safety norms following the blaze in the plastic goods-making factory in the same building.

It erupted on the lower floors of the building in the afternoon and was later doused by the fire fighters of Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) in around an hour. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.

The students in Gyanganga Hindi School being run on the first floor of the same building were rescued safely. But the school was later sealed by the SMC for want of proper fire safety measures.

Education Minister Bhupendra Chudasama said an investigation was underway into the cause of the blaze. The state government has ordered a probe.

The plastic goods factory in which the fire had broken out reportedly belonged to a Bharatiya Janata Party corporator.

It may be recalled that the city had recently seen a major fire in an art designing studio-cum-tuition classes recently in which more than 20 students had died. Prior to that, a blaze in a coaching class had also claimed several lives. (UNI)