23 die in school blaze

Pretoria News - - WORLD -

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.

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