Officials suspected an electrical short circuit caused the blaze that broke out in a top floor dormitory, where most of the students perished.
The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a “tahfiz” boarding school where students learn to memorise the Koran, was reported around 5.40 a.m. local time (22:40 Cyprus time Wednesday), according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department.
The blaze began in the sleeping quarters on the top floor of the three-storey school building, the statement said. Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh told reporters that 22 students and 2 wardens were killed. All the students were boys aged 13-17, and they probably suffocated due to smoke inhalation.
“They’re still counting the bodies, which were piled on top of each other in a...