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Children among at least 20 killed in massive fire at a gaming zone in Rajkot

At least eight people, including children, were killed in a massive fire that engulfed a private amusement park in Gujarat’s Rajkot on Saturday, officials said. People were also feared trapped inside the park and the death toll may rise even as rescue operations were underway, they said.

The fire broke out at TRP, a private amusement and theme park on Nana Mava Road of the city. “We have recovered eight bodies so far and more are feared trapped inside the park,” Ilesh Kher, chief fire officer of Rajkot told the news agencies.

“The park was set up under a tin shed and firefighters are facing difficulties in accessing the area,” Kher said.

Rajkot district collector said that majority of the victims were children. “A part of the shed has collapsed. The firefighters managed to control the fire but fumes are still emanating from the debris and we fear more people could be trapped under it,” Rajkot district collector Prabhav Joshi told The news agencies.

The collector further said that prima facie, the fire started due to an electric short-circuit. “As the park was set up under a shed, a lot of air-conditioners were mounted there. However, due to the hot weather, the electric wiring might not have been able to handle the load, leading to the short-circuit which could have sparked the fire,” said Joshi.

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