Fire blocks lone exit to Malaysian school dormitory; 23 dead

Malaysian authorities were investigating the cause of a fire early Thursday that blocked the only exit of an Islamic dormitory on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, killing 23 people, most of them teenagers.

Firefighters and witnesses described scenes of horror — first of boys screaming for help behind barred windows as neighbors watched helplessly, and later of burned bodies huddled in corners of the room.

Islamic teacher Arif Mawardy said he woke up to what he thought was a thunderstorm , only to realize it was the sound of people screaming.

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