Published: Fri, December 02, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Blazing dormitory fire door likely locked

Blazing dormitory fire door likely locked

Turkey on Wednesday detained six people suspected of negligence after 12 people, a lot of them schoolgirls, were killed in a fire at a dormitory in the southern region of Adana.

Officials said panicked victims tried to jump from window to safety.

Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak previously said the fire likely broke out due to an electrical fault, according to latest information. Twenty-two other people were injured.

The building has since been evacuated while fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the blaze.

Among the dead are eleven school girls below the age of 14.

Officials confirmed it took roughly three hours to bring the fire under control.

Dogan said most of the dead would be identified after DNA tests, adding that one of those killed was the four-year-old daughter of the dormitory manager held by the police. Some of the girls may have been able to escape should the fire escape hatch have opened properly, but when they tried to flee to the upper floors it would not budge and they remained trapped.

Flames rise from a fire in a school dormitory, in Aladag, Adana in southern Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

It is thought that the wooden floor was alight and then eventually the roof collapsed on the building. However, such disaster is unusual.

In a sign of the seriousness of the incident, several ministers were heading to the region, including the interior minister Suleyman Soylu and the education minister Ismet Yilmaz.

Adana Governor Mahmut Demirtaş later confirmed the toll and added that 22 others were saved and sent to hospital.

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