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25 students & teachers killed in Malaysian religious school fire

16 September 2017
25 students & teachers killed in Malaysian religious school fire

The school is located in a three-storey building in the central Kuala Lumpur.

At least 24 people, mostly teenagers, have been killed in a fire that broke out in an Islamic school dormitory on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, officials say.

View of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah School building after the horrific fire.

He said the religious centre only had one exit, the reason why most of the occupants were trapped and could not be saved.

According to media reports from the Agence France-Presse, Khirudin Drahman, the director of Kuala Lumpur's fire and rescue department said that "It really does not make sense for so many to die in the fire".

Starting tallies put the loss of life at 25, yet police later reexamined that around one.

The blaze was reported was reported at around 5.40 am local time. As indicated by the police it started in the resting quarters.

The boarding school, Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, is a tahfiz school, where students learn to memorize the Quran.

Images and videos circulating online showed the upper floor of the school, where students would have been sleeping, ablaze.

Singh said, police were still finalizing the details and investigating the cause.

This religious school was operating without a license, said the minister of Territories.

Earlier this year an 11-year-old schoolboy died in hospital after reportedly being beaten by a warden at a religious school.

"I heard their screams and cries but I could not do anything."

Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Amar Singh said numerous victims were trapped inside the dormitory, which had only one entrance, and probably suffocated.

JBPM director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim said they were now investigating from the point of negligence and technicality and the investigation was expected to take two to three weeks.

He said they found 13 bodies huddled in a pile on the right corner of the dorm, another eight on the left corner of the dorm and one in the middle, near the staircase. "We hope to be able to save the seven that are already here", he added.

"We identify with the families".