A local named Ketan is a hero for the survivors of Surat fire. Since the fire brigade came late, Ketan managed to save some students on his own. Speaking to ANI, Ketan told, "There was smoke, I did not know what to do. I took the ladder, first helped the children get out of the place, managed to save 8-10 people. Later I managed to rescue 2 more students. Fire brigade came after 40-45 minutes." The fire claimed lives of at least 20 people.