12 dead, mainly school­girls, in Turk­ish school dorm fire

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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