Massive blaze 'kills 25 students' in their boarding school beds

16 September, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Credit AP  DANIEL CHAN				Relatives mourn Friday during a mass funeral for victims of a school fi re outside of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah - a "tahfiz" boarding school where students learn to memorise the Quran - was reported at 5:40am (21:40 GMT Wednesday), according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department.

City police chief Datuk Amar Singh said there was only one door which was used as an exit and entrance, making it hard for the victims, whose bodies were found clumped together, to escape the burning building at Datuk Keramat.

Except for two teachers, the rest of the victims were students.

The fire department was called shortly after the fire began and quickly arrived to the area. Unfortunately, the fire was huge and we had to run to the ground floor instead.

"This is just a normal procedure in every case and police will investigate it as soon as possible", he said.

The fire early Thursday killed 24 people, mostly teenagers, who were trapped behind barred windows and a blocked exit on the top floor of the three-story building.

In a tragic incident, at least 25 people were killed, including two teachers, on Thursday when a fire broke out in a Malaysian religious school.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department director Khirudin Drahman said the fire was not caused by a short circuit as forensic findings and the Energy Commission confirmed that the electricity circuit of school's main switch was in good condition. "All the bodies were found lumped on one another", he added.

"From what we understand, there was only one way out, but they couldn't get through because it was on fire", said his brother, Faizal Abdullah.

Such schools are not regulated by the education ministry of the country.

Dr Subramaniam said seven injured victims were being treated at the Emergency and Observation Ward, comprising six students and a civilian who was helping out during the blaze.

More than 60 percent of multicultural Malaysia's population of about 30 million are Muslim Malay, and the country is also home to substantial religious and ethnic minorities.

"We will look at all angles", he said, adding that police would question school authorities as well as survivors.



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