Dormitory fire incident kills 24 in Malaysia

At least 24 students and teachers have died in a fire at a religious school in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, BBC reports. The...

At least 24 students and teachers have died in a fire at a religious school in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, BBC reports.

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.
Picture from inside the school windows on the top floor 
Initial counts put the death toll at 25, but police later revised that down by one.

Police said the dead were 22 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.

Khirudin Drahman, director of the fire and rescue department, told AFP "It is one of the country's worst fire disasters in the past 20 years." 

Local media report the school could have been operating against government regulations, because its fire safety permit application was allegedly still pending.

Malaysia's urban wellbeing and housing minister told BBC there had been 29 fire incidents at tahfiz schools in the country since 2015.

photo credit: BBC

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