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Malaysian school fire: Escape route was blocked, says fire department

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Horror The fire that killed 25 students and teachers broke out in a dormitory at a religious boarding school in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on Thursday morning

A deadly blaze at an Islamic boarding school in Kuala Lumpur on September 14 killed dozens of people, mostly students.

The fire broke out Thursday morning on the top floor of the three-story school, Tahfiz Darul Ittifaqiyah, where students are taught to memorize the Quran.

Except for two teachers, the rest of the victims were students.

The school involved in Thursday's fire was a tahfiz, where Muslim Malaysians send their children to study the Quran, and officials say it did not have the necessary operating licences, including a fire safety permit.

The fire at the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah broke out in the early hours, BBC reported.

More than 200 fires had broken out at schools since 215, the department revealed.

"We are in the midst of identifying the actual cause of fire from various angles, including by recording statements from the premises owner, survivors and witnesses at the scene". "We will continue to carry out investigations, especially through forensics, as we found that there was some security features that should have been complied with but weren't", Zahid told reporters outside the school.

Mourning Nik Azlan Nik Abdul Kadir left father of one of the victims comforts his wife outside the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious school
Mourning Nik Azlan Nik Abdul Kadir left father of one of the victims comforts his wife outside the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious school

The fire broke out around 5:45 a.m.at the top floor of the dorm.

Malaysia's housing minister, Noh Omar, told journalists from news outlets including CNN that there have been 29 similar incidents involving fires at religious schools.

Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the remains of the 21 students and two wardens will be released to their families for burial. The bodies of two school teachers were also found next to them.

Mr Jahid said police were all the while exploring what caused the fire however that it likely was caused by hamper a lit mosquito repellent loop. "I thought there were people fighting", the 46-year-old said.

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

The official who confirmed the deaths of the 25 students and teachers, thinks it is one of Malaysia's worst fire disasters in the last 20 years.

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