Kuala Lumpur school fire kills 23 students, teachers
At least 23 students and teachers have died in a fire at a religious school in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. The fire at the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The victims are thought to been trapped in their dormitory as the windows were barred with metal grilles. “It is one of the country’s worst fire disasters in the past 20 years,” Khirudin Drahman, director of the fire and rescue department, told AFP. Initial counts put the death toll at 25, but police later revised that down by two. Police said the dead were 21 students - all boys between the age of 13 and 17 and two staff members.
Ten people were taken to hospital, and four are thought to have serious injuries.