Fire Kills at Least 23 at Islamic Boarding School in Malaysia

25 die in KL tahfiz school fire

25 die in KL tahfiz school fire

According to reports, people in the area who had woken for morning prayers heard cries for help and saw flames engulfing the top floor of the building, where children were sleeping in dorms.

Firefighters contained the fire within an hour but not before it claimed over 20 lives. Also, seven people were admitted to the nearby hospital while eleven other students are rescued from the fire accident.

After the fire broke out, nine fire engines and several operators are making efforts to douse the fire.

He said 22 students and two adult wardens were killed in the blaze. "Just when you think they're going to stop unloading the van, more brought out", Sumisha Naidu, a correspondent for Channel News Asia, said in a Twitter post.

He said that it's too early to say how the fire started but added "the Fire and Rescue Department and police will investigate it thoroughly".

A total of nine fire engines arrived on the scene to put out the blaze at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah boarding school alongside the Klang river.

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The windows were sealed by fix grills so the victims could not escape, Soiman said, adding that the sole staircase is in the middle of the building, "but the smoke was very thick that they couldn't get out".

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".

Nik Azlan Nik Abdul Kadir, who lost a 12-year-old in the fire, hugged his sobbing wife outside the school, and said he had seen his son only the previous evening. The cause of the fire is still not known.

The fire broke out in the dormitory on the top floor of the three-story building. He said they found a pile of bodies in the right corner of the dorm and another pile in the left corner.

However, an official with the state religious council said it had no record of the school.

More than 200 fires have broken out in Malaysian religious schools since 2015. The officials must take safety measures to avoid fire accidents.

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