Malaysia fire blocks lone exit to Islamic dormitory; 24 dead

Jerome Frank
September 15, 2017

Earlier this year, Malaysia's The Star newspaper reported that the fire department was concerned about the level of fire safety measures at a number of unregistered religious schools.

The victims are thought to been trapped in their dormitory as the windows were barred with metal grilles.

A victim list released by the authorities showed 22 of the deceased were students while three others were religious teachers, Xinhua news agency reported. Seven people suffered injuries relating to the fire, while 11 who were rescued also escape harm from the flames.

Pictures of the charred frames of bunk beds in a blackened dormitory emerged after firefighters brought the fire under control at the two-storey building. He added that it was one of the worst fire tragedies the country has seen in over 20 years.

"Unfortunately there was only one entrance, so they could not escape".

A total of 23 people have died in a fire at a religious school in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday morning, which may had been caused by short-circuit. "All of us had to get out until the fire fighters arrived", he said.

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Soiman said the fire department has started investigation and "hopefully in 2 to 3 days we could find the actual cause of the fire".

He added that the dormitory only had a single entrance that left numerous victims trapped inside it. Amar Singh further said that "They're still counting the bodies, which were piled on top of each other in a corner." according to the official records, seven people were taken to a nearby hospital for injuries, while 11 others were rescued. "All the bodies were found lumped on one another".

The latest tragedy was "the effect 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.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak tweeted his condolences to those affected due to the fire.

Twenty-three students and handlers at the private tahfiz school at Jalan Datuk Keramat died following a predawn fire today.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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