23 die in school blaze
KUALA LUMPUR: A blaze at an Islamic boarding school in the Malaysian capital killed at least 23 people yesterday, most of them teenage boys who cried for help from barred windows, officials said.
The fire broke out at about 5.40am in a top-floor dormitory in the three-storey building, firemen said. Most of the students were sleeping there, with many windows covered by metal grilles. One survivor said the boys managed to open just one window.
Two teachers also died in the fire at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a short drive from Kuala Lampur’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Most died of smoke inhalation.