Malaysia: Fire kills 25 at religious school in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia: Fire kills 25 at religious school in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia: Fire kills 25 at religious school in Kuala Lumpur

"We want to solve this as fast as possible, because everyone wants to know what caused the fire", he said.

A high-ranking source confirmed yesterday that authorities were looking into the possibility that this was an arson case.

"We wanted to help the others but we couldn't because the fire was rampant". But he said a wall had been built dividing that floor, leaving only one exit for the dorm.

The fuel, the source said could have been the accelerant in the fire. Nik Azlan Nik Abdul Kadir, who lost a 12-year-old in the fire, hugged his sobbing wife outside the school, and said he had seen his son only the previous evening.

The victims' families and relatives are already in the premises to claim the remains for burial.

A witness, who lives across the street from the school, said he was woken up by the victims' cries early this morning.

Another source told the NST that the incident could have possibly been motivated by revenge.

Mohamad Zahid said the school has been operating for 15 years and is registered with the state Islamic religious council.

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PM Najib Razak tweeted his sensitivities to those influenced while an administration serve said the episode ought to be immediately examined "with the goal that we will have the capacity to anticipate future calamities".

He was referring to the incident on September 1989, where as many as 27 students died at the Madrasah Taufiqiah Al-Khairiah, also known as Pondok Pak Ya, at Padang Lumat, Yan, Kedah after a dormitory there burned down.

It is learnt that 12 of the victims are expected to be buried at the Raudhatul Salimah cemetery in Gombak on Friday.

Pictures showed ash-covered, fire-blackened beds in the students' sleeping quarters.

"We do not know yet if a fight between students was the motive".

It is not the first time for private schools to get involved with fire accidents. The investigation is going on about the cause of the fire accident. Also, the officials suspect that an electric short circuit took place at the boarding school.

"The fire spread rapidly". The Fire and Rescue Department and police will investigate it thoroughly.

"There were two cooking gas cylinders in front of the dormitory's door", he said.

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