25 people, mostly students, killed in Malaysia school fire – official
15 September, 2017, 00:44
The city's Fire and Rescue Department received information about the blaze at 5:41 a.m. and managed to extinguish the fire within an hour, said Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh.
"The youngsters were sobbing for help, yet I couldn't help them as the entryway was at that point ablaze", he said.
It is learnt that numerous victims suffocated as they were trapped inside the room. Pictures in local media showed ash-covered, fire-blackened beds in the students' sleeping quarters. "I think this is one of the worst tragedy in the country over the past 20 years".
He says the dead were 23 teenage boys and two adults.
"Unfortunately there was only one entrance, so they could not escape".
The fire blocked the only exit to Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah and the students and teachers were trapped behind barred windows.
Speaking to the New Straits Times, Roslan said the school began occupying the three-storey building at Jalan Keramat Hujung about seven months ago to allow renovation works on their permanent complex, located not far from the present structure.
Authorities said that the blaze broke out in a dormitory and they suspect an electrical fault was to blame. "All of the bodies were found grouped together on each other", he added.
The latest tragedy was "the outcome of the absence of enforcement, and the failure to abide by rules and regulations by the operators of the religious school", said Chandra Muzaffar, a political scientist who promotes Islamic reform.
Prime Minister Namibia Razak expressed his condolences in a Tweet about the incident at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz Centre.
Hundreds of people, including families of some victims were gathered outside the school, as more bodies were being removed by fire officials.
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