Fire at Islamic school in Malaysia kills 24, mostly teens

Kristopher Drake
September 15, 2017

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, Al Jazeera reports.

"I saw their little hands out of the grilled windows, crying for help", area resident Nurhayati Abdul Halim told local media as reported by The New York Times.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and the fire was out within an hour but it wreaked bad devastation. Singh said 14 other students and four teachers were rescued.

According to officials, the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning in an upper room.

"It is one of the nation's most exceedingly terrible fire catastrophes in the previous 20 years", Khirudin Drahman, executive of the fire and protect office, told AFP.

Officials initially said 23 students and two teachers were killed in the blaze. The bodies of two school teachers were also found next to them. "We are investigating the cause of the fire", observed, for its part, the Centre" s director of fire and rescue Kuala Lumpur, Khirudin Drahman.

Officials say that bodies were stacked on top of each other, one after the other.

The religious school is located in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

In 1989, 27 female pupils at an Islamic school died when a fire destroyed the school and eight wooden hostels, the Star added. The cause of the fire is still not known.

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

Such schools are not regulated by the education ministry of the country. But, till then, numerous students have lost their lives in the fire accident.

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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