Malaysia school fire kills 24 stu­dents, teach­ers

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KUALA LUMPUR: At least 24 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 grills.

"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 me­dia.

Ini­tial counts put the death toll at 25, but po­lice later re­vised that down by one.

They said the dead were 22 stu­dents - all boys be­tween the age of 13 and 17 - and two staff mem­bers.

In Is­lamic tah­fiz schools - where chil­dren study the Ko­ran - stu­dents of­ten live at the school.

Images and videos cir­cu­lat­ing on­line showed the en­tire up­per room of the school ablaze.

"The build­ing was sur­rounded by metal grills that could not be opened from the in­side. The stu­dents, af­ter re­al­is­ing the fire and heavy smoke, tried to es­cape through the win­dow," Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment op­er­a­tions deputy di­rec­tor Soiman Jahid told re­porters out­side the school.

Of­fi­cials said fire en­gines were at the site within min­utes, and the blaze was put out within an hour.

A num­ber of stu­dents were also taken to hos­pi­tal, some suf­fer­ing from smoke in­hala­tion.

Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak tweeted his sym­pa­thies to those af­fected while a gov­ern­ment min­is­ter said the in­ci­dent should be quickly in­ves­ti­gated "so that we will be able to pre­vent fu­ture dis­as­ters".

"We sympathise with the fam­i­lies. It is one of the worst fires in­volv­ing so many lives in the cap­i­tal in re­cent years, said Loga Bala Mo­han, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

KUALA LUMPUR: Peo­ple cry out­side an Is­lamic re­li­gious school fol­low­ing a fire on the out­skirts.

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