Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak expressed his sympathy for those affected. “The bodies suffered severe burns to the point that it is difficult to confirm the identities”, Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam said. Four other victims suffered serious injuries. When emergency responders first arrived on the scene, “almost 90% of the building was already on fire,” a Fire and Rescue department official told to media.
Inside the school after fire
The building had grills that could not be opened from inside, The two fire exits had been blocked by renovations taking place on the second floor. The first team from (the) fire station managed to save five of the children from the lower level.Investigators were examining whether a electric short circuit had caused the fire. Malaysia’s Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Noh Omar, said there have been 29 similar incidents in the past involving fires at religious schools. Today’s incident was the worst fire to hit religious schools in the country in almost three decades. It was revealed that Pusat Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school was not registered with the Education Ministry. It also did not have the necessary fire permit before opening.