Terrible fire in an amusement park: 27 people including 4 children die in a games complex in India

Terrible fire in an amusement park: 27 people including 4 children die in a games complex in India
Terrible fire in an amusement park: 27 people including 4 children die in a games complex in India

At least twenty-seven people, including four children, died in a fire which broke out on Saturday May 25, 2024 in an amusement park in western India.

“We confirm the death of 27 people in the fire”police officer Radhika Bharai told the press during the night from Saturday to Sunday.

A previous assessment reported 24 dead. The four children who died were under 12 years old, according to the same Source.

300 people were in the room

“The bodies were charred beyond recognition, making their identification difficult”, said the officer. In a statement, local authorities said police were now collecting“DNA samples from the remains” to identify the bodies.

More than 300 people were in a room of a two-story structure in the TRP amusement park when the fire broke out over the summer holiday weekend, Ilesh Kher told reporters , fire officer from Rajkot, in the state of Gujarat.

Originally from this state, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he “extremely upset”in a message posted on social networks.

The fire tragedy in Rajkot has saddened us all. In my telephone conversation with him a short while ago, Gujarat CM Bhupendrabhai Patel Ji told me about the efforts underway to ensure all possible assistance is provided to those who have been affected. @Bhupendrapbjp

—Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/1794394859106947204?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Victims under the rubble

Near the rubble from which smoke was still escaping on Sunday, the mother and sister of Asha Kathad, 20, who worked at the amusement park, were desperately waiting for news.

“We have no information on her”the young woman’s mother told reporters, so overwhelmed by emotion that she could not give her name.

“People were trapped by the collapse of a temporary structure near the entrance, which made evacuation difficult”, explained fire officer Ilesh Kher. In addition, the spread of the fire was facilitated by the nature of the materials, which were very flammable.

Speaking at the scene of the fire, Prabhav Joshi, a senior official in the Rajkot municipality, told AFP on Sunday that police had arrested two people. “The investigation continues”he said.

“Filled with smoke”

On Sunday, the bodies of the deceased wrapped in a white shroud were lined up in rows before being evacuated. Survivors described having to break down doors and jump out of windows to escape the blaze.

“We were bowling when two members of staff told us that a fire had broken out downstairs and that we had to leave. The area was quickly filled with smoke”Pruthvirajsinh Jadeja told the newspaper The Indian Express.

“We tried to get out the back door, but we couldn’t. I saw a ray of light coming from outside. I kicked the sheet metal and five of them managed to escape by jumping from the first floor”he detailed.

He said at least 70 people were on the first floor when the fire broke out.

Photos posted on the establishment’s Instagram account show it included a bowling alley, a go-kart track and trampolines.

Another dramatic fire this weekend

Fires are common in India due to the poor condition of buildings, overcrowding and lack of compliance with safety regulations.

Six babies were also killed late Saturday in a fire that ravaged a children’s hospital in New Delhi, according to police in the Indian capital.

In February, eleven people lost their lives in a fire that ravaged a paint factory in New Delhi. In 2022, at least 27 people died and dozens more were injured after a massive fire broke out in a four-story commercial building in the city. In 2016, more than a hundred people were killed after a massive explosion caused by fireworks in the southern state of Kerala.

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