Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

25 people, mostly students, killed in Malaysia school fire

25 people, mostly students, killed in Malaysia school fire

At least 25 people, including students and teachers, have been killed in a fire that erupted at a religious school in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

The uppermost, third floor of the building, where the fire is believed to have started, was completely gutted.

Six students and a member of the public were injured in the incident, the report added, citing the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department.

The firefighters, who arrived at the scene seven minutes later, brought the blaze under control and stopped it from spreading.

The department was previously reported to have raised concerns about fire safety measures at private and unregistered tahfiz schools.

The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah was reported about 5.40am Thursday local time (9.40am NZT), according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department.

"They could have died due to smoke inhalation or got trapped in the fire. We are now investigating the cause of the fire".

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