Fire at Islamic school in Kuala Lumpur kills 23, mostly teens

Police and rescue personnel work at an Islamic religious school cordoned off after the fire on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. (AP Photo)

KUALA LUMPUR: A fire killed 23 people, mostly teenagers, trapped behind barred windows and a blocked exit in an Islamic school dormitory on the outskirts of Malaysia's capital early Thursday, officials said.

Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 5.41am and took an hour to put out the blaze, which started on the top floor of the three-story building, Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh said. He said there were at least 23 charred bodies, 22 of them boys between 13 and 17, and two teachers.

Singh said 14 other students and four teachers were rescued, with six of them hospitalized in critical condition.

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