Around 22 dead in massive fire at gaming zone in Gujarat’s Rajkot

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Around 22 dead in massive fire at gaming zone in Gujarat’s Rajkot
Rajkot: At least 22 persons, including children, were killed and three others injured in a massive fire on Saturday evening that raged in a game zone teeming with people enjoying a summer vacation outing in Gujarat’s Rajkot city.

Rescue operations are under way at the affected TRP game zone for more than four hours after the blaze erupted at a fibre dome constructed for gaming activities at around 4:30 pm, officials said. According to officials, the structure collapsed due to the huge fire.

“The fire control room received a call around 4:30 pm regarding the blaze at the game zone. Fire tenders and ambulances rushed to the spot to douse the flames. The blaze caused the collapse of the structure, and debris is being cleared. So far we have received a figure of 22 deaths,” said Rajkot Collector Prabhav Joshi.

Several persons, including children, were present at the spot due to the ongoing summer vacation and weekend and playing games when the tragedy struck.

After the fire broke out, Rajkot Police Commissioner Raju Bhargav told media persons that the cause of the blaze would be investigated and that a message had been issued to all the gaming zones in the city to close operations.

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Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel tweeted that the city administration has been instructed to carry out immediate rescue and relief operations in the fire incident at the game zone in Rajkot.

“Instructions have been given to the Municipal Corporation and the administration for immediate rescue and relief operations in the fire incident in the game zone in Rajkot. It has been instructed to prioritise arrangements for immediate treatment of the injured,” Patel tweeted.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives in the fire tragedy. Modi also spoke to the Gujarat Chief Minister to enquire about the rescue and relief efforts.

“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,” he said on X.

Modi said, “Extremely distressed by the fire mishap in Rajkot. My thoughts are with all those who have lost their loved ones. Prayers for the injured. The local administration is working to provide all possible assistance to those affected.”

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