Indian media reports say at least 15 students have been killed in a fire that broke out Friday in a building in the western city of Surat.

The students were attending a tutoring class in a four-storey building when the fire started, the Press Trust of India news agency quoted Gujarat state Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel as saying.

Fire officer Deepak Satkale said 24 fire engines were on the job.

News reports said several students jumped from the building to escape. Other details were not immediately available.

Building fires are common in India because of poorly enforced safety regulations.

President Narendra Modi, elected this week to a second term in office, expressed condolences to the families of the victims and pledged assistance from his government to local authorities.