School fire kills 22 students in Kuala Lumpur

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A blaze at an Islamic boarding school in the Malaysian capital killed at least 23 people on Thursday, a lot of them teenage boys who cried for help from barred windows, officials and witnesses said. The school is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and all the victims were boys in their early teens.

The fire at the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah broke out in the early hours, BBC reported. The students and teachers were reportedly in the upper room, where the fire broke out. Also, seven people were admitted to the nearby hospital while eleven other students are rescued from the fire accident. It is one of the worst disasters in the recent times. "The students, after realising the fire and heavy smoke, tried to escape through the window", Soiman said outside the school.

The fire broke out at an Islamic religious boarding school Thursday morning.

"We urgently want the authorities to quickly probe the cause of the deadly fire so that we will be able to prevent future disasters".

"If they would have called us for inspection, we would have advised the school to implement all the fire safety requirements before starting its operations", he said.

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"I saw four boys in the third floor screaming 'too hot, too hot, '" said Ahmad, adding he later helped a boy who managed to get out the window and fell on the ground. "All the bodies were found lumped on one another", he added.

The latest tragedy was "the effect of the absence of enforcement, and the failure to abide by rules and regulations by the operators of the religious school", said Chandra Muzaffar, a political scientist who promotes Islamic reform.

Malaysian prime minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak tweeted his sympathies to those affected.

More than 200 fires have broken out in Malaysian religious schools since 2015.