Dozens of Students Die in Kuala Lumpur Dormitory Fire
They couldn’t escape. At least 22 teenage boys and two teachers were killed today when a dormitory at a religious school in the Malaysian capital caught fire. Eleven people were rescued, and seven more remain hospitalized. Preliminary inquiries indicate the blaze, believed to be Malaysia’s deadliest in decades, was sparked by a short circuit, but the death toll was exacerbated by metal grilles over windows that made escape impossible. Authorities say the investigation may help prevent future tragedies, while the families of the dead gather to mourn.