At least 22 dead in a fire in an amusement park in western India, police say

A massive fire broke out Saturday in an amusement park in Gujarat state in western India, killing at least 22 people, including several children, police said.

The fire erupted at the park in the city of Rajkot in Gujarat state. Police Commissioner Raju Bhargava said the blaze was under control and a rescue operation was underway.

Police officer Vinayak Patel confirmed the death of 22 people in the fire incident. The New Delhi Television news channel reported a death toll of 27.

The bodies were charred and it was difficult to identify them, Patel said.

The park is usually packed with families with children enjoying the school summer vacation over the weekend.

Footage showed firefighters clearing debris around collapsed tin roof structures that media reports said were used for bowling, go-carting and trampoline attractions.

The amusement park was privately owned by Yuvraj Singh Solanki and Bhargava said that police would file a case of negligence against him.

“We will be registering an offence for negligence and the deaths which have occurred. Further investigation will take place once we complete the rescue operation,” he said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on X that he was “extremely distressed by the fire … in Rajkot. My thoughts are with all those who have lost their loved ones. Prayers for the injured.”

Fires are common in India, where builders and residents often flout building laws and safety codes.