Trapped Students Die in Dormitory

MALAYSIA – About 24 students and teachers were killed in a fire at a religious school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah is a school in Malaysia, facing a tragic loss of students and teachers who found themselves trapped in a dormitory room during a fire, on Thursday morning.

The fire had caught the dormitory and it is reported that the room has safety metal grilles, which prevented them from escaping the room. The director of fire and rescue, Khirudin Drahman, stated that it had been the country’s worst fire disaster in the last 20 years. Police reported that two staff members were killed as well as 22 students of boys ages between 13 and 17 years old. Four people were seriously injured and ten people were taken to hospital in total.

According to the police, the fire began during the early morning and was reported around 5:40am. “Based on our initial investigations, the position the victims were found indicated that they tried to escape through the windows but were stopped due to the fixed grilles on the windows,” fire and rescue department director Soiman Jahid stated. The police are still investigating what caused the fire.

There has been nothing reported about the hospitalised victims as well as the rest of the school. Further investigations are still to follow.

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