As many as 25 people, including 23 students and two wardens, lost their lives after a fire broke out in a religious school in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on Thursday. "I opened the window to my house and I could see the school on fire - they cried for help but I couldn't do anything".
It is learnt that numerous victims suffocated as they were trapped inside the room. It was also reported that a number of students and teachers who successfully managed to escape the fire were immediately rushed to a hospital.
"It is one of the nation's most exceedingly bad fire catastrophes in the previous 20 years", Khirudin Drahman, executive of the fire and protect office, told AFP.
Tahfiz schools usually teach students between the ages of five and 18. "The students, after realising the fire and heavy smoke, tried to escape through the window", Soiman said outside the school. He said it was the worst fire incident in the past two decades and they are trying to establish the cause of the incident.
Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz school (DQIT) deputy principal Roslan Awang Ali also said the building was only being used as a temporary facility.
Mr Jahid said police were all the while exploring what caused the fire however that it likely was caused by hamper a lit mosquito repellent loop.
"Metal grills made it impossible for them to get out of the burning building", he added. He said they found a pile of bodies in the right corner of the dorm and another pile in the left corner.
The official says the fire started early Thursday at the top floor of the three-story building that is believed to be a dormitory.
They are unregulated by the education ministry, being the responsibility of the religious department.
Prime Minister Najib Razak tweeted his sympathies to those affected while a government minister said the incident should be quickly investigated "so that we will be able to prevent future disasters".
Hundreds of people, including families of some victims were gathered outside the school, as more bodies were being removed by fire officials.