A fire at a religious school in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur has claimed the lives of at least 23 students and teachers. A fire broke out at the school in Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah in the early hours of Thursday morning, 15 September.
It is believed that those who died were trapped in their dormitory behind metal security grilles fixed over the windows of the building.
Khirudin Drahman, Director of the Fire and Rescue Department has described the tragedy as “one of the country’s worst fire disasters in the past 20 years,”
Police have said that the victims were 21 students between the age of 13 and 17 as well as two members of staff. In addition, ten people were taken to hospital from the scene with four reported having serious injuries.
The fire was reported around 05:40 with Police stating that the blaze started in the sleeping quarters.