Kuala Lumpur–At least 25 students have been killed as fire broke out at a school in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur this morning.
Eyewitnesses saw trapping children inside the building and the children were hitting the metal window grills wishing to come out. When emergency responders first reached to the scene, “almost 90% of the school building was already on flame,” a Fire and Rescue department official told journalists. Two adults also died in the fire, while four other victims suffered serious injuries.
Forensic police officer investigates burnt windows at an Islamic religious school following a fire on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur Thursday. One of the two fire exits had been locked by renovations taking place on the second floor, international media report.
The fire at the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah broke out in the early hours of the morning. “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 AFP. 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.