25 students, teachers dead in fire at Malaysian religious school
The Star/Asia News Network
2017-09-14 09:17:58

The rubble left by the fire at a Malaysian religious school. The Star/Asia News Network

KUALA LUMPUR—At least 25 people have died after a fire broke out at a religious (tahfiz) school in Jalan Datuk Keramat early Thursday.

The City Fire and Rescue Department said they received information on the blaze at around 5 a.m.

“Based on our information at the moment, 25 students and teachers have died in the fire.

“Our personnel are still at the scene,” he said.

In August, The Star reported that the Fire and Rescue Department was concerned about the fire safety measures at unregistered and private tahfiz (religious) schools, having recorded 211 fires involving them since 2015.

Earlier that month, 16 people including eight students fled an early morning fire at the family-run Tahfiz Al-Taqwa school in Baling, Kedah.

On May 7, another such school in Sabak Bernam, Selangor was destroyed in an early morning fire, but no one was hurt.

On Sept 29, 1989, 27 female students of SAR Taufikiah Al-Halimiah in Kampung Padang Lumat, Kedah, perished when fire gutted the school and eight wooden hostels.

There were 519 tahfiz schools registered nationwide as of April, but many more are believed to be unregistered.

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