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Thursday, 14 September 2017 | MYT 2:55 PM

Short circuit blamed for religious school fire

KUALA LUMPUR: Police suspect a short circuit to be the cause of the fire at the religious school in Jalan Datuk Keramat that killed at least 23 people.

Update: Religious school fire not caused by short circuit, says Bomba

"At the moment our first suspicion is that it was a short circuit. But the forensics team will look at every aspect," Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim told a press conference at the scene Thursday.

He denied reports that a baby was in the school at the time of the fire.

City police chief Comm Datuk Amar Singh said there were 36 students and six teachers staying in the school.

"Five are still in the hospital at the present moment," said Comm Amar Singh.

At least 22 students and two teachers died in the 5am fire at Tahfiz Darul Ittifaqiyah. Their remains were found on the top floor of the three-storey building.