Twenty-seven people killed in amusement park fire

RAJKOT, INDIA – A catastrophic fire engulfed an amusement park in Gujarat state on Saturday, resulting in the deaths of at least 27 people, including numerous children. The incident has cast a pall over the city of Rajkot, where the park is a popular weekend destination for families.

The inferno erupted in the early hours, quickly spreading through the park’s attractions. Police Commissioner Raju Bhargava confirmed the fire was under control and that rescue efforts were in full swing. Authorities have detained the park’s owner and manager to determine the cause of the blaze.

Bhargava reported, “The death toll has reached 27, with four children among the deceased.” The park, usually filled with the laughter of children on summer break, was instead filled with the sounds of sirens and cries for help.

Yuvraj Singh Solanki, the owner of the amusement park, faces charges of negligence. Bhargava stated, “We will be filing charges of negligence and wrongful death. A thorough investigation will follow the rescue operations.”

Firefighters battled the flames for hours, rescuing survivors and recovering bodies. The tragedy has spotlighted the frequent disregard for safety regulations in India, where such incidents are all too common.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his deep sorrow, saying he was “extremely distressed by the fire in Rajkot. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. Prayers for the injured.”

This disaster highlights the critical need for stringent enforcement of safety standards to avert future tragedies.