Fire at school dormitory kills 24 in Malaysia
Sept 14, Kuala Lumpur:At least 24 people including 22 teenagers and 2 teachers were killed in a fire at at religious school in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur.
The fire at the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning in the residential quarters, trapping the deceased in their dormitory rooms."It is one of the country's worst fire disasters in the past 20 years," Khirudin Drahman, director of the fire and rescue department, told AFP.
According to AFP. the initial counts put the death toll at 25, but police later revised that down by one.They said the dead were 22 students - all boys between the age of 13 and 17 - and two staff members.
Meanwhile according to a eyewitness, he heard screams and saw the flames, from his home next door."The children were crying for help, but I couldn't help them as the door was already on fire," he said.
Kuala Lumpur Police chief Amar Singh said the bodies were "totally burned"."Unfortunately there was only one entrance, so they could not escape. All the bodies were found lumped on one another."
The Oslo Times International News Network