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

Fire in Kuala Lumpur

Earlier this year, Malaysia's The Star newspaper reported that the fire department was concerned about the level of fire safety measures at a number of unregistered religious schools.

Firefighters who rushed to the scene put out the blaze within an hour but not before it wreaked devastation. Many of them were also orphans who came here to study about religion. They also showed emergency workers trying to control the blaze.

"It is one of the nation's most exceedingly terrible fire catastrophes in the previous 20 years", Khirudin Drahman, executive of the fire and protect office, told AFP.

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According to the official sources, initially around 23 students and two teachers were killed in the blaze. "Unfortunately, there was only one entrance, so they couldn't escape".

Tahfiz or Koranic students pose for a photograph in Madrasah Nurul Iman boarding school outside Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur September 11, 2015.

He said 23 students and two adult wardens were killed - either trapped by the fire or dying from smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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Officials said they were unable to leave through the only door to the dormitory, as it was on fire.

He added this year alone, there were about 30 fire incidents involving tahfiz schools.

However, an official with the state religious council said it had no record of the school. We are now investigating the cause of the fire."Loga Bala Mohan, the government's federal territories deputy minister, said, "We sympathise with the families".

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"Most of the ones who died were my seniors who have stayed here longer", said Danial who expressed disappointment over his failure to save more of his friends. He added that the school submitted an application for a fire safety permit that hadn't been approved.

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