Short circuit ruled out in school fire that killed at least 25; Govt to bear all funeral costs

A short circuit has been ruled out as the cause of the fire that broke out in an Islamic religious school on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur which killed at least 25 people, mainly teenagers.

Investigations into the fire which happened on Thursday (Sept 14) morning are still ongoing but City Fire and Rescue Department director Khirudin Drahman attributed the conclusion to a number of factors.

He said this was based on information from surviving victims, the spread pattern and speed of the fire, and the presence of gas canisters that could have expedited the fire.

According to The Star, some of those who managed to escape, broke windows in order to do so.

But 29-year-old Mashawani Mohamed Shahid’s sons were not as lucky, and she lost her three sons in the fire.

Her cousin was quoted as saying: “They had their whole lives ahead of them”

“No one should have to lose a child like this,” the Star reported.

After visiting the victims’ families during the identification process at the foresensic unit in Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) on Thursday (Sept 14), Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi made a commitment to bear all funeral costs of the victims.

He said that “we will take care of the process right up to their burials as our way of expressing our sympathies to the families.”

The DPM also promised that psychological support would be given to both the victim’s families and those who survived the traumatic event, and that he would spearhead investigations to ensure that such an event is not repeated again.