Fire breaks out in Malaysia religious school, kills 23 students and two wardens

A major fire broke out in a school building in Malaysia which claimed the life of 25 people of which 23 were school students.

This was believed to be the worst fire disaster in the country for years. The fire broke out before dawn in the two-storey school building in TahfizDarul Quran Ittifaqiyah located in the centre of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

Firefighters rushed to the spot and controlled the fire within an hour but the fire caused terrible devastation. The school building turned to ashes and the area was covered with ash and fire blackened beds.

Khirudin Drahman, Director of Kuala Lumpur’s fire and rescue department said: “It really does not make sense for so many to die in the fire”. He also added that this was the worst fire disaster in the country in the past 20 years.

Building fire accident photo

Building fire accident representative image. Photo courtesy of think4photop/

He said that 23 students and two adult wardens were among the deceased persons and they got trapped in the fire and died of smoke inhalation.

He said that they are trying to investigate about the cause of fire.

Loga Bala Mohan, the government’s federal territories deputy minster expressed his condolences for the families and said it as the worst fire claiming so many lives in Kuala Lumpur in recent years. He added that they are investigating the cause of the fire so that it will not repeat in the future.

As per the fire department official the fire broke out in bedrooms before sunrise and the nearby firefighters came to the spot within minutes.

As per the reports in Star newspaper, the fire and rescue department had raised concerns about fire safety measures at private religious schools called as tahfiz and also unregistered school. They had accounted for 211 fires in the institutions since 2015.


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