A fever at an Islamic children’s intern that killed at least 24 people, most of them in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur on Thursday morning, authorities said.
Officials suspected of electric short-circuiting caused a fire in the bedroom on the upper floor where most students died.
Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah fire in the “tahfiz” approach where students learn memorable Kuran, reported at 5 am (21 pm on Wednesday, 40), according to fire-fighters and urgent Malaysia.
The flame started in the upper bedroom of the three-storey building of the school, according to a statement.
Police Chief Kuala Lumpur Amar Singh told reporters that 22 students and 2 guards were killed
All students were boys between 13 and 17 years old, and probably drowned because of inhaling smoke.
“We still have bodies that are placed one above the other in the corner,” Singh said, after one of the worst fires in Malaysia in the last two decades.
The bedroom had only one entry, leaving many victims captured inside, he said. Some witnesses said that they heard students were looking for help after the fire.
“The building is surrounded by a metal door that will not open from inside. The students, having realized the fire and dense smoke, tried to escape the window, “said Jahid Şoiman, deputy director of Fire and Rescue operations, and journalists outside the school.
“But because of the grill, they could not escape,” he said.
The soy many said they were still investigating the cause of the fire, but it was probably caused by a short circuit or spiral of lighted mosquitoes.