12 dead, mainly schoolgirls, in Turkish school dorm fire
TWELVE people, most of them schoolgirls, were killed when fire ravaged a dormitory for pupils in the southern Turkish region of Adana, local officials said.
The fire, which officials said was caused by an electrical fault, raced through the building’s wooden interior as panicked victims tried to jump from windows to safety.
Officials expressed concern that many of the dead were killed after they were unable to open a closed fire door to escape the top floors of the building.
Images showed scenes of devastation as emergency services arrived to tackle the fire at the dormitory building, parts of which were turned into a blazing wreck and whose roof collapsed.
“We lost 12 of our citizens in the fire. 11 of them were schoolchildren and one was a tutor. 22 citizens are injured,” Adana region governor Mahmut Demirtas said.
The Dogan news agency said all 11 of the schoolchildren killed were girls between the ages of 11 and 14.
Mr Demirtas said some terrified schoolgirls were injured after jumping out of the window to escape the flames. He declined to comment on claims that fire escape stairs were locked and students were unable to use them. –