At least 15 students were killed after a massive fire broke out at a coaching centre in Gujarat’s Surat Today late afternoon.
Videos recorded by witnesses on social media showed several students jumping off the third and fourth floors of the building.
Most of the students are said to be between the ages of 14 and 17.
The fire engulfed the top two floors of the multi-storey commercial building called Taxshila Complex, officials said.
Huge plumes of smoke covered the area. Local residents were seen helping in the rescue operation.
A fire official said 19 fire engines and two hydraulic platforms were sent in to control the fire.
“Students on fourth and third floor jumped off to the ground to save themselves from fire and smoke. Many have been rescued and sent to hospital. The operation to douse the fire is on,” the fire official.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about the incident and expressed his condolences.