Kuala Lumpur school fire kills at least 25, mostly students, officials say

Kuala Lumpur school fire kills at least 25, mostly students, officials say

Kuala Lumpur school fire kills at least 25, mostly students, officials say

Updated 14 September 2017, 12:35 AEST

A fire at an Islamic boarding school in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur has killed at least 25 people, most of them students.

The fire at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a "tahfiz" boarding school where students learn to memorise the Koran, broke out in a three-storey dormitory early in the morning, officials said.

Two wardens and 23 students died in the blaze, fire department officials said in a notice put on a whiteboard at the school.

Seven injured people were taken to a nearby hospital, while 11 others were rescued, the notice said.

Tahfiz schools usually teach students between the ages of five and 18.

Such schools, which are unregulated by the Education Ministry and fall under the purview of the Religious Department, have been under scrutiny since earlier this year when an 11-year-old boy died after reported abuse in Johor, north of Singapore.

Reuters