Published: 11:34, May 26, 2024 | Updated: 13:21, May 26, 2024
Death toll in India's fire incident reaches 24
By Xinhua

Firefighters extinguish a fire which broke out at an amusement park facility in Rajkot, in India's Gujarat state on May 25, 2024. (PHOTO / AFP)

NEW DELHI - The death toll in Saturday's massive fire in India's western state of Gujarat rose to 24. Among the dead were at least nine children, confirmed a local fire department official.

Besides, an unspecified number of people were injured in the mishap that occurred at an entertainment park "TRP Game Zone" in Gujarat's Rajkot district on Saturday afternoon.

The cause of the fire could not be known yet. Most of the deaths occurred after a temporary structure on fire collapsed over them

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According to the fire department official, fire-fighting work was almost over. Now a search operation was being carried out to bring out dead bodies, if any.

The cause of the fire could not be known yet. Most of the deaths occurred after a temporary structure on fire collapsed over them.

Officials clear charred remains at the site of a fire accident on the following day of the disaster, at an amusement park facility in Rajkot, in India's Gujarat state on May 26, 2024. (PHOTO / AFP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sadness over the fire tragedy. "The fire tragedy in Rajkot has saddened us all. In my telephone conversation with him a short while ago, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel told me about the efforts are underway to ensure all possible assistance is provided to those who have been affected," Modi posted on X.

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The state's chief minister announced a monetary compensation of 400,000 Indian Rupees (around $4,816) to the families of each of the deceased, and 50,000 Indian Rupees to each injured person.