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Tahfiz school fire: Man says son leapt to safety

 | September 14, 2017

Shariffudin Musa says nearby residents aided in rescue of victims who were able to escape fire, including his son who is now warded in a critical condition in HKL.

kebakaran-tahfiz7KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Shahir Sharifuddin escaped the fire at a tahfiz school early this morning by breaking the windows and jumping out.

His father, Shariffudin Musa, said he was at home when he received a phone call on the fire at the school where his son was studying.


Shariffudin Musa said his son and a few others who had jumped, had landed on the awning.

Sharifuddin subsequently rushed to the scene, and upon arrival, the fire was still raging at the school.

He said his son and a few others who had jumped, had landed on the awning.

“The residents there broke the awning to get them down. My son suffered burns to his back and is now in the Intensive Care Unit. His condition is critical.

“Now we want to see if there are any internal injuries,” he said, adding that Shahir is the third of four children.

Shariffudin was met outside Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s trauma centre here today.

As for Siti Wahida, she could not hold back her tears as she awaited news on the condition of her son, who was injured in the fire.


Siti Wahida was told that her son suffered 30% burns.

She said the hospital called with the news her son was injured in the fire.

“I was told that my son suffered 30% burns. I hope he is okay,” said Siti, who was accompanied by a family member at the trauma centre here.

Ustaz Mohd Arif Mawardy, 24, had only been working for seven months when the fire occurred.

Arif, who was asleep on the second floor, said he was awakened by the sound of gas leaking at 5.30am, and subsequently saw the fire.

“I then woke up another three colleagues, and together we ran down,” he said, adding that the fire was raging upstairs and was too hot for them to do anything.

According to AFP, the blaze broke out at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school, located in Jalan Keramat Ujung, just before dawn.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and the blaze was put out within an hour but not before it wreaked terrible devastation.

A fire and rescue department official at the scene said that the blaze broke out in the bedroom before dawn, and firefighters from a nearby station were on the scene within minutes.

It was earlier reported that 21 students and two wardens were killed in the fire, with six students sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for treatment.

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