At least 17 schoolgirls have been killed, and several are still missing, following a fire at a dormitory, in northern Thailand.
At least 17 schoolgirls have died after a fire swept through a dormitory in northern Thailand, a police commander said adding several others were either missing or injured.
“Seventeen girls were killed and two are still missing, with five injured,” Police Colonel Prayad Singsin, Commander of Vingpatao district in Chiang Rai said. Two of the injured were in a serious condition, he added.
The school, which belongs to a local foundation and is not government run, is home to girls aged from three to 13 years old, he said.
“There were 38 students inside the dormitory when the fire broke out. Some were not yet asleep so they escaped,” the province’s deputy governor, Arkom Sukapan, said, “But others were asleep and could not escape, resulting in the large number of casualties.”
A second police officer from the same precinct said the school was home to pupils from impoverished local hill tribes in the mountainous area.