KUALA LUMPUR: More than 20 people are reportedly dead in a fire which razed a tahfiz school in Datuk Keramat here early this morning.
According to the New Straits Times Online, it is understood that the bodies are being transported to the KL Hospital.
According to authorities, the school at Jalan Keramat Hujung caught fire at about 5.15am.
The English news portal reported a spokesman from the City Fire and Rescue Department saying they received a call about the incident at 5.41am.
“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.
As of 8am, the Department has nine fire engines from four stations at the scene.
The spokesman said firefighting operations is still continuing.
According to Bernama, twenty-three students and two wardens died in the fire while six students and a member of the public were injured in the incident.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has conveyed his condolences over the fire in a tweet.
“Innalillah. I am very sad to read that Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz Centre was destroyed by fire and killed more than 20 lives.
“May their souls be blessed by Allah SWT. Al-Fatihah,” he said on his Twitter handle, @NajibRazak. He is currently on a three-day visit to the US.