25 killed in religious school blaze in Malaysia

Frederick Owens
September 14, 2017

The fire broke out at the top floor of the three-storey building, which was destroyed completely.

"The number of confirmed dead are 23 students and two wardens", Khirudin Drahman, director of Kuala Lumpur's fire and rescue department, told AFP news agency.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and the blaze was out within an hour but not before it wreaked bad devastation - pictures in local media showed ash-covered, fire-blackened beds. The paper reported that the Department had raised concerns about lacking fire safety at private religious schools after a series of fires. The fire was brought under control at 6.15am, but at 6.19am, firefighters reported of a trapped individual in one of the school's rooms. He also added that the cause of the fire is being investigated.

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Loga Bala Mohan, the government's federal territories deputy minister, said: "We sympathise with the families".

Nine fire engines from four stations were dispatched to scene after a report was lodged about 5.41am, according to a spokesman for the City Fire and Rescue Department.

The school is attended by students of various ages, but many are children.

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