KUALA LUMPUR― At least 25 students and teachers died after a fire broke out at an Islamic religious (tahfiz) school at Jalan Datuk Keramat this morning.
The Star news portal cited the Fire and Rescue Department receiving a call about the fire at 5am, and said that the current death toll stands at 25.
Firefighters are reportedly still at the scene.
“Based on our information at the moment, 25 students and teachers have died in the fire,” the department was quoted saying.
The department was previously reported to have raised concerns about fire safety measures at private and unregistered tahfiz schools.
Earlier this year, two family-run tahfiz schools caught fire in Baling, Kedah and Sabak Bernam, Selangor respectively, though no one died in the incidents.
MEANWHILE, accoring to the Star:
Residents heard cries for help at religious school
Cries for help were heard by residents who had woken for the Subuh prayers in Kampung Datuk Keramat early Thursday.
As they rushed out of their homes to see where the cries came from at about 5.40am, a fire was already burning at the Tahfiz Darul Ittifaqiyah in Jalan Datuk Keramat.
Huge flames were seen at the topmost floor of the three-storey building where the students were sleeping in double-decker beds in a dormitory.
Fire and Rescue Department staff who arrived at the scene could not do much to save those trapped inside the school.
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