Malaysia official: Improper wall blocked exit in deadly fire

Malaysia official: Improper wall blocked exit in deadly fire

September 14th, 2017 by Associated Press in Breaking News

Forensic police officer investigates burnt windows at an Islamic religious school following a fire on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. The official said the fire, which killed people, mostly teenagers, started early Thursday at the top floor of the three-story building. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A Malaysian official says a wall that blocked students and teachers from an exit that might have saved them from a deadly fire "shouldn't have been there."

The fire early Thursday killed 24 people in an Islamic school dormitory on the outskirts of Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur. Officials say the blaze blocked the only exit, leaving victims trapped behind barred windows.

Noh Omar, minister for urban well-being, housing and local government, says the school's original architectural plan including an open top floor that allowed access to two exit staircases. But he says a wall was built dividing that floor, leaving only one exit for the dorm.

Omar says "the wall shouldn't have been there."

He says the school submitted an application for a fire safety permit that hadn't been approved.


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