Fire Kills at Least 23 at Islamic Boarding School in Malaysia

Malaysian Fire and Rescue personnel stand outside the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious school in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur

After a deadly fire at a religious school in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, which killed two teachers and 21 students, more people have called for improved regulation of such schools. The firefighters quickly attended the scene and the fire was extinguished after an hour. It identified the building as Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, in Kuala Lumpur.

Many students have also cried for help to save them. The Fire and Rescue Department and police will investigate it thoroughly. "We hope to be able to save the seven that are already here", he added. "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. According to media reports from, according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, the fire started in the sleeping quarters on the top floor of the building.

Fire officials said they found no damage to the electrical wiring of the dormitory, ruling out their earlier suggestion that a short circuit probably caused the blaze.

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A total of 36 students, aged between 13 and 17, and six teachers were living at the tahfiz (Quranic memorisation) school.

"We have not ruled out foul play", Khirudin said, adding that fires in dormitories were typically caused by unattended cooking or mosquito coils.

Fire department officials said the victims were trapped behind fixed window grilles, while one of the fire exits on the second floor was reportedly blocked for renovations.

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Muslim-majority Malaysia offers a secular education system, but growing conservatism has led to a boom in the number of Islamic religious schools, most privately-run and not overseen by education authorities. "The school also does not have any licence from the local religious authorities".

Students live in numerous religious schools in the country but authorities have raised concerns about the safety measures at these schools because they are unregulated.

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