Twelve people, most of them schoolgirls, were killed on Tuesday.
At least 12 people, almost all of them schoolchildren, have been killed after a fire broke out in a girls’ dormitory in Turkey’s southern province of Adana, according to the local governor.
THE, WHICH OFFICIALS SAID WAS LIKELY CAUSED BY AN ELECTRICAL FAULT
The fire, which officials said was likely caused by an electrical fault, spread rapidly through the building’s wooden interior late on Tuesday, as panicked victims tried to jump from windows to safety.
Officials expressed concern that many of the dead were killed after they were unable to open a closed fire door to escape the top floors of the building.
Images showed scenes of devastation, as emergency services arrived to tackle the fire at the dormitory building, parts of which were turned into a blazing wreck as the roof collapsed.
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“We lost 12 of our citizens in the fire. Eleven of them were schoolchildren and one was a tutor. 22 citizens are injured,” Adana region governor Mahmut Demirtas told Turkish NTV television.
WE HAVE REACHED ALL THE PEOPLE INSIDE
“We have reached all people inside. According to initial reports, we guess that the fire broke out due to the electrical contact,” he said.
He also said some of the injured students were affected by smoke and others were wounded while trying to escape the burning building.
Turkey’s private Dogan News Agency said that all 11 of the schoolchildren killed were girls. Their identities have yet to be disclosed but they were said to be 14-years-old or under.
The disaster took place in the town of Aladag, north of Adana city, one of the biggest urban centres in the south of Turkey.