Two dozen children, some just seven years old, have died in a fire at a religious boarding school in Malaysia in the early hours of this morning.
The fire started in one of the bedrooms on the third floor of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz Centre in Kuala Lumpur, shortly before 6am.
Most of the victims - 23 children and two adults - were asleep in their dormitories when the fire broke out, and once the blaze had taken hold it was too late.
Horror: The fire that killed 25 students and teachers broke out in a dormitory at a religious boarding school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday morning
The room in which the fire started, measuring 20ft by 40ft, was said by a fire brigade spokesman, quoted by the New Straits Times, to have been littered with charred bodies.
At least 15 bodies were found huddled together on another floor, it was reported.
Some of the children who died were aged as young as seven, while others were in their mid-teens.
A survivor told how there was chaos, with fire preventing students from escaping from the sweeping blaze.
In the hours after the fire, family members rushed to the scene, only for some to be told that their child had died in the blaze.
Mourning: Nik Azlan Nik Abdul Kadir, left, father of one of the victims comforts his wife outside the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious school
Tragedy: Family members wait for news of their loved ones outside the school
Nowhere to run: The fire broke out in the dormitories, and most of the victims are believed to have woken up too late to escape the blaze
Horror: Firefighters say more than a dozen victims were found huddled together on the floor of the dormitories at the school
Mourning parents could be seen standing outside the school as emergency services tended to the scene.
Muhammad Roslan, 15, told the New Straits times that he was woken by noises that sounded