Kuala Lumpur, Sept 14: At least 25 people including students were killed in a fire that broke out at a school in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday morning, reports claim. The Director of Kuala Lumpur’s fire and rescue department has been quoted as saying by a news agency that the number of children out of the total killed are 23. Rest two are wardens.

The incident was reported at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school at Datuk Keramat at 5.15 am, the New Straits Times reported, citing the City Fire and Rescue Department. The report added that the authorities received a call about the incident at 5.41 am. Notably, the bodies of those killed in the incident have been moved to a nearby hospital.

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Terming it as the country’s worst disasters in the past 20 years, Drahman was quoted as saying that the deaths may have been a result of smoke inhalation. He also added that the cause of the fire is being investigated.

Expressing grief over the incident, Prime Minister Najib Razak in a tweet said he was saddened to hear of the lives lost in the fire.

A victim list released by the authorities showed 22 of the deceased were students while three others were religious teachers, Xinhua news agency reported.

Officials said fire engines were at the site within minutes, and the blaze was put out within an hour.

In Islamic tahfiz schools — where children study the Quran — students often live in the schools.

(More details awaited)