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Thursday, 14 September 2017 | MYT 4:32 PM

Religious school fire: Survivors had to break windows to escape

KUALA LUMPUR: A parent of one of the students who survived the fire at a religious school in Jalan Datuk Keramat here, said his son and friends had to break windows to escape to safety.

Datuk Dr Sharifuddin Musa, 45, the father of Mohd Shahir, 11, a survivor of the tragic fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz which claimed the lives of at least 23 people, said he was informed of the incident as he was preparing for Subuh prayers.

He then rushed to the scene and found that fire had spread rapidly on the third floor of the building.

"My son and his friends who managed to break the windows scrambled out and jumped onto the awning, causing it to collapse. They were aided by the people who were waiting at the basement of the building," he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) Emergency Ward on Wednesday.

Dr Sharifuddin, who is also a committee member of Surau Ittifaqah, which is located near the religious school, said his son, who is the third of four siblings, was currently being treated at HKL for burns on his back.

He added that the school, which was built following contributions from the surau, had been operating for only about a year.

Meanwhile, a 38-year-old cleaner who only wanted to be known as Maryani, called for prayers for her son Indera Kurniawan, 13, who was also among the survivors of the fire.

"My son was found unconscious and his face was black. I only pray that all will be well," she said. – Bernama