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Surat hero Ketan lauded for risking life to save students from coaching centre fire

Ketan Chodvadiya, who lives just behind the building, was on his way home, when he saw the fire. He climbed the burning building, perched himself on a ledge, and saved several students who were jumping from the top floor of the building.

Surat hero Ketan lauded for risking life to save students from coaching centre fire
Several users are praising Ketan for helping others. (Express Photo: Bhupendra Rana)

At least 20 students died after a massive fire engulfed Takshashila arcade, a three-storey commercial complex in Gujarat’s Surat on Friday. Several students, who were attending summer coaching classes on the building’s illegally covered rooftop, began jumping out of windows as the fire consumed a wooden stairway which was the only entry and exit point to the building. Three students died while trying to jump out.

Ketan Chodvadiya, who lives just behind the building, was on his way home when he saw the fire and stopped. Ketan climbed the building, perched himself on a ledge, and saved several students who were jumping from the top floor of the building. Several social media users are commending Ketan for helping others before saving himself.

“You redefined bravery!” remarked one user on Twitter. “Hats off to you,” wrote another as others thanked him for his selfless act.

The police Saturday arrested one of the accused who ran classes in the building. Two others are absconding. Follow live updates of the Surat fire here.