At least 20 students of a coaching class were killed and several others injured as a fire broke on Friday afternoon in a commercial complex which housed the coaching centre in which the students were attending classes.
In February, no fewer than 17 people died in a fire that broke out at a hotel in the national capital New Delhi.
The fire was eventually extinguished by the emergency crews, but at least 18 people, including children, died in the incident.
According to videos that have gone viral on social media, people are seen jumping from windows to escape the blaze. Officials feared that the death toll could go up further.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered an official enquiry into the incident.
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Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma confirmed the death of 15 students.
Students, mostly teenagers, died "either due to suffocation or jumping off from the complex", he said. Many have been rescued and sent to the hospital.
Ninteen fire tenders and two hydraulic platforms were pressed into service to douse the fire, said an official of Surat fire control room.
The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakhs for the family of the deceased students.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences on Twitter and called for local authorities to provide assistance. "I pray for the families who have lost loved ones, & for the speedy recovery of those injured".