Islamic school fire kills seven in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar, April 2 (UPI) --
Thirteen children died and four others were missing after a fire swept through an Islamic religious school in Myanmar Tuesday, a fire official said.

Yangon Region Fire Services chief Kyi Win blamed an overheated regulator for the fire at a school in Yangon, Myanmar's Eleven Media Group reported.

Kyi Win said when firefighters arrived and opened the building's door, dozens of children ran out of the building. There were about 70 children were in the school at the time.

"After we managed to control the fire downstairs and upstairs, we found dead bodies of children upstairs," he said.

The ages of the students weren't reported.

Kyi Win said the school's windows were covered with iron roads and mesh, making it difficult for children to escape before emergency personnel arrived.

"Therefore they cannot run down immediately. Thirteen children are dead," Kyi Win added.

Autopsies will be performed to determine the cause of death, fire officials said.


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