Tahfiz school fire suspects remanded another 7 days

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PETALING JAYA: The seven suspects believed to be responsible for the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school fire that killed 23 people last week have been remanded another seven days.

Kuala Lumpur CID chief SAC Rusdi Mohd Isa said the remand order was effective Sept 23 to 29.

The suspects, aged 11 to 18, have been in police custody since last Friday, a day after the tragedy that left 21 students and two teachers dead.

They are being investigated for murder and arson.

Yesterday, Fire and Rescue Department director-general Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim said the authorities had found traces of petrol splashed on furniture inside the tahfiz school, as well as its walls.

“We also found two liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders in front of the dormitory’s entrance. The fire spread fast because of LPG released from both cylinders.

“Based on these findings, we have concluded that the fire was caused on purpose,” he said.

He added that because of how quickly the fire had spread, students trapped in the dormitory had no chance to save themselves.

The blaze broke out at the school, located on Jalan Keramat Ujung, just before dawn on Sept 14.

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

Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh, at a press conference last weekend, said the seven arrested boys had set the school on fire because they had been mocked by its students.

Six of the suspects tested positive for drugs. They were arrested on Friday night after the police obtained CCTV footage from a neighbouring building.