>> A deadly blaze in an Islamic boarding school for boys, in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, killing 24 people, mostly, teenage students. The fire broke out in a dormitory early on Thursday. Reuters Anantha Lakshmi has been speaking to authorities at the scene.>> What they told us was that all the bodies were piled in one corner of the room, possibly near ae window, where the these kids might have tried to escape from.
But apparently, there was only one escape route, which is a door, which itself was on fire. Another small window, likely on the side, according to a witness, because as you can see, all the windows have grills, so nobody could jump out of these windows to save themselves.>> Witnesses say they heard students crying for help as the flames took hold.
Officials suspect an electrical fault may have been to blame. About a dozen people were pulled to safety from the burning building and several were taken to a nearby hospital. This type of school usually houses students between the ages of 5 and 18, and teaches them to memorize the Quran.
Authorities say there had been concerns about safety at the school.>> What the fire department official here told us was that this school had just applied for a fire safety permit. They had not received it.>> Such schools are unregulated by the board of education and fall under the responsibility of the country's religious department.
They've come under scrutiny since earlier this year after an 11 year old boy died following alleged abuse.