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  • Emergency teams at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah after a fire broke out in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 14, 2017.

    Emergency teams at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah after a fire broke out in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 14, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

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The fire comes amid widespread concern over the safety of the schools in the Southeast Asian country.

At least 25 people, including students, have been killed in a fire that broke out early Thursday morning at a religious school in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

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The blaze at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Muslim school, located alongside the Klang river, was reported between 5 and 6 a.m.

Nine fire engines from four stations rushed to the scene.

The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department said the fire began in the sleeping quarters on the top floor of the three-storey building.

Two wardens and 23 students died.

Seven people were taken to a nearby hospital for to be treated for their injuries, while 11 others were rescued

The schools known as Tahfiz teach to Koran to students between the ages of 5 and 18.

Reports say the fire department had expressed concerns this summer that unregistered and private religious schools were flouting fire safety regulations.

211 fires have broken out in them since 2015.

In 1989, 27 students died when a fire engulfed an all-girls' school and spread to eight nearby wooden structures in Kampung Padang Lumat, Kedah.

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