Fire kills at least 25 at religious school in Malaysia (Video)

KUALA LUMPUR: At least 25 people, most of them students, were killed in a fire that broke out early on Thursday morning (Sep 14) at a religious school in the Malaysian capital, officials said.

“The number of confirmed dead is 23 students and two staff members,” Khirudin Drahman, director of Kuala Lumpur’s fire and rescue department told AFP. Khirudin added that it was one of the worst fire tragedies in the country in 20 years.

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The Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school at Datuk Keramat caught fire at about 5.15am, according to the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh said the victims’ bodies were “totally burnt”.

“Unfortunately there was only one entrance, so they could not escape,” he said. “All the bodies were found lumped on one another.”

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