Fatal Fire at Rajkot Gaming Zone Claims 27 Lives, Including Children

Ahmedabad, India – A tragic fire at the TRP Gamezone in Rajkot, India, has resulted in the official declaration of 27 deaths, with fears that several of the victims are children. The blaze, which erupted on Saturday, sent thick smoke billowing up to five kilometers away.

Local residents reported that over 30 children and their parents were trapped inside the gaming zone when the fire broke out. Prompt response from the fire department led to the successful rescue of many individuals.

The fire reportedly started with a massive explosion in the air conditioning unit, engulfing the gaming zone in thick smoke as it quickly intensified. The flames grew following a short circuit in the AC, causing panic as people attempted to escape.

Rajkot District Collector Prabhav Joshi confirmed that the fire began around 4:30 PM, leading to the collapse of the temporary structure in the gaming zone. Authorities are currently coordinating a high-level inquiry committee to investigate the incident, focusing on the negligence that led to the tragic fatalities.

Rajkot Police Commissioner Raju Bhargav highlighted ongoing rescue operations and the deployment of multiple fire engines. The authorities are working closely with fire brigade officials to determine the cause and necessary actions to be taken following the deadly fire.

Fire officials on the scene have stated that efforts to recover bodies are still ongoing, with the exact number of casualties unknown at this time. The firefighting operation faces challenges due to the collapse of the temporary structure and high wind velocities.

Following the incident, the government has ordered all gaming zones in the state to cease operations for comprehensive inspections of fire safety measures. An investigation by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has also been initiated to uncover further details about the tragedy.

In response to the fire, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel directed immediate rescue and relief operations at the game zone, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing treatment for the injured. All relevant agencies have been instructed to provide support in the aftermath of the devastating incident.