At least 24 people, mostly teen boys, killed in Malaysian school fire

Bukit Aman team visits tahfiz school as probe into fire intensifies

Reports say of the 25 dead, 23 were students while the other two were teachers.

He said out of the seven people in hospital, three were badly injured.

The Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah is a private Islamic boarding school, known as a "tahfiz", where Muslim children - mainly boys - study and memorise the Koran.

"This avoidable tragedy is a horrendous reminder to the government that all schools, including religious schools must be regulated by the ministry of education to ensure adherence to procedures for setting up the schools", he said.

The Star newspaper, citing data from the fire department, said there were 1,034 blazes at registered and unregistered religious schools between 2015 and August 2017, with 211 destroyed.

Police investigate an Islamic religious school following a fire on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

At a press conference, deputy inspector-general of police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said an electrical fault was believed to have caused the fire.

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The dormitory had only one entrance, leaving numerous victims trapped, he said.

He said the school's original architectural plan included an open top floor that allowed access to two exit staircases.

"Metal grills made it impossible for them to get out of the burning building", he added.

Numerous bodies of the victims - who included 21 boys mostly in their teens - were found piled on top of one another, indicating there may have been a stampede as the students sought to escape the inferno, which erupted before dawn. "Safety should come first". But, till then, numerous students have lost their lives in the fire accident. "We want to know".

PM Najib Razak tweeted his sensitivities to those influenced while an administration serve said the episode ought to be immediately examined "with the goal that we will have the capacity to anticipate future calamities". The pupils were also unable to escape through the windows.

'There were only eight of us who managed to escape through the window.

He said it was the worst fire incident in the past two decades and they are trying to establish the cause of the incident. Pictures after the fire showed heavy damage on the upper floor. Only inside did the intensity of the inferno become clear. Once inside, emergency officials described blackened rooms, charred bed frames lining the walls and burned bodies huddled in corners.

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