Malaysia: School Fire Leaves At Least 25 Dead

Up to 25 dead in Malaysia religious school blaze: Reports

Kuala Lumpur: In one of the country's worst fire disasters for years, 24 people, mostly teenage boys, were killed Thursday when a blaze tore through a Malaysian religious school.

Fire and Rescue Department staff who arrived at the scene could not do much to save those trapped inside the school. According to witnesses, they called for help through the gridlock windows. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin Firefighters carry a body out of religious school Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah after a fire broke out in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia September 14, 2017. It was also found that most of the victims died of suffocation. Police later revised down the death toll to 22 students and two teachers.

After the fire broke out, nine fire engines and several operators are making efforts to douse the fire. "They're still counting the bodies, which were piled on top of each other in a corner", Singh said.

Two wardens sleeping in the room woke up when the fire broke out and tried to rescue students, but, said Muhammad, they perished with the others. "We are now investigating the cause of the fire", Drahman added.

In 1989, 27 female pupils at an Islamic school died when a fire destroyed the school and eight wooden hostels, the Star added.


At a press conference, deputy inspector-general of police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said an electrical fault was believed to have caused the fire.

A Malaysian official says a wall that blocked students and teachers from an exit that might have saved them from a deadly fire "shouldn't have been there".

Officials said they were unable to leave through the only door to the dormitory, as it was on fire.

"The religious school did not have an operating licence from the local authorities", he said.

More than 200 fires had broken out at schools since 215, the department revealed.

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