Kuala Lumpur school fire kills at least 23, mostly students, officials say

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A school fire in Kuala Lumpur has left at least 25 people dead.

"I saw their little hands out of the grilled windows; crying for help", she said.

Firefighters contained the fire within an hour but not before it claimed over 20 lives.

It is learnt that numerous victims suffocated as they were trapped inside the room.

"I and two students broke the grills and went down using a pipe line and two more students jumped from upstairs", he added.

Seven people, who got injured in the fire, were rushed to a nearby hospital while 11 others were rescued, Al Jazeera reported.

Most of the victims - 23 children and two adults - were asleep in their dormitories when the fire broke out, and once the blaze had taken hold it was too late.

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A bad fire broke out in a seminary in Malaysia just before dawn on Thursday resulting in the death of 22 young students and two teachers.

"They died from suffocation and subsequently the bodies were totally burnt", Singh said. "We are investigating the cause of the fire", observed, for its part, the Centre" s director of fire and rescue Kuala Lumpur, Khirudin Drahman.

The school is named as Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, as it is a tahfiz boarding school where students learn to remember the Quran.

Fire department officials said the victims were trapped behind fixed window grilles, while one of the fire exits on the second floor was reportedly blocked for renovations. The cause of the fire is not known yet. He said they found a pile of bodies in the right corner of the dorm and another pile in the left corner.

They are unregulated by the education ministry, being the responsibility of the religious department.

More than 200 fires have broken out in Malaysian religious schools since 2015. He added that the school submitted an application for a fire safety permit that hadn't been approved.