A Malaysian policeman keeps guard outside the forensics department of Hospital Kuala Lumpur, where the victim's bodies of a fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious school are being kept in Kuala Lumpur on September 15, 2017. (AFP / SADIQ ASYRAF)
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Malaysian authorities said Friday they had not ruled out foul play in a fire that killed 23 children and teachers in a religious school, as calls mounted for better safety regulations in Islamic study centers.The fire broke out in the boarding school in downtown Kuala Lumpur before dawn Thursday. Firefighters extinguished the blaze within an hour, but not before it had gutted the school's top-floor dormitory.One of the survivors said two cylinders were left by the dormitory door and had caught fire, preventing those inside from leaving.The school involved in Thursday's fire, Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, did not have the necessary operating licences, including a fire safety permit.
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