Turkey: Fire at dormitory for girls kills 12, injures 22

  • Turkey: Fire at dormitory for girls kills 12, injures 22

Turkey: Fire at dormitory for girls kills 12, injures 22

Twelve people, including eleven teenage girls, were killed in a fire that broke out in a girls dormitory in the southern Turkish province of Adana on 29 November.

The blaze tore through the three-storey dormitory housing middle school students in the town of Aladag, in Adana province, late on Tuesday.

An electrical fault has been blamed for causing the fire, which spread rapidly due to the wooden structures and carpeted floors in the building.

Demirtas declined to comment on claims that fire escape stairs were locked and students were unable to use them.

Mayor of Adana city Huseyin Sozlu told Turkish television that the fire door of the dorm was locked and most of the dead were recovered from near the door.

Students would stay in these dorms as the nearby villages where they came from had no schools. Also among the dead was a woman who worked at the dormitory.

Investigation to find the cause of fire will start tomorrow from governor's office.

Those injured suffered smoke poisoning, and some of the girls were hurt attempting to escape the blaze with some being forced to jump out of windows to safety.

It is thought that the wooden floor was alight and then eventually the roof collapsed on the building.

Media reports said the Suleymanci accommodation was the girls' only option in the area. However, such disaster is unusual.

"We have reached 12 bodies, the 22 injured have been rushed to the hospitals", Adana Governor Mahmut Demirtas told Anadolu Agency.

In a sign of the seriousness of the incident, several ministers were heading to the region, including Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz.