A fire erupted at a religious school in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, killing nearly 25 people, most of them being young students.
The tragic incident is said to have taken place at Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, located in a Malay settlement of Datuk Keramat, early this morning.
“The number of confirmed dead are 23 students and two wardens,” Khirudin Drahman, director of Kuala Lumpur’s fire and rescue department informed the media.
He added, “They could have died due to smoke inhalation or got trapped in the fire. I think it is one of the country’s worst fire disaster in the past 20 years. We are now investigating the cause of the fire.”
A fire department official at the scene observed that the blaze broke out in bedrooms just before dawn, however, firefighters from a nearby station reached the scene immediately to take situation under control.
Images posted by local media appeared to show the entire upper room of the school, where students would have been sleeping, ablaze, reported BBC News.