Fire kills at least 25 at religious school in Malaysia

Addis Ababa, September 14, 2017 (FBC) - At least 25 people, mostly students, were killed after a blaze broke out early on Thursday at a religious school in Kuala Lumpur - the deadliest fire in decades in 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.

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

"It really does not make sense for so many to die in the fire," he said. "I think it is one of the country's worst fire disasters in the past 20 years. We are now investigating the cause of the fire."

Seven people were taken to a nearby hospital for injuries, while 11 others were rescued.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and the blaze was out within an hour, but not before it wreaked terrible devastation - pictures in local media showed ash-covered, fire-blackened beds.

Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Amar Singh told reporters the boys who died were aged 13-17, and they probably suffocated due to smoke inhalation. The dormitory had only one entrance, leaving many of the victims trapped inside, he said.

Tahfiz schools usually teach students between the ages of five and 18.

Source: Aljazeera

Posted by Amare Asrat