Fire at Malaysian Boarding School Kills Dozens, Mostly Students

Fire at Malaysian Boarding School Kills Dozens, Mostly Students

Police and rescue personnel work at an Islamic religious school cordoned off after a fire on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

"Based on information from the victims who were saved (witnesses), the fire also started from outside the door of the hostel, trapping them in".

In the hours after the fire, family members rushed to the scene, only for some to be told that their child had died in the blaze.

The official who confirmed the deaths of the 25 students and teachers, thinks it is one of Malaysia's worst fire disasters in the last 20 years.

According to Reuters, the deputy prime minister said at least 31 fires have been reported at tahfiz schools in the majority Muslim nation since 2011. "Every one of the bodies were discovered lumped on each other". He said it was the worst fire incident in the past two decades and they are trying to establish the cause of the incident.

And the fire accident took place on the top floor of the building which totally consists of three floors.

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

Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh told reporters the boys who died were aged 13-17, and that they were probably suffocated due to smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is not known yet.

"The sad part is during this incident, there is only one entrance to exit so the students were trapped inside", Singh said.

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

"Before 6 o'clock, the firemen came but I think numerous people already died inside because of the smoke", Ahmad said.

He said the operator of the school had only recently submit the application for approval to the fire department, and the fire broke out before authorities could conduct the fire safety inspection.

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