BANGKOK- A nighttime fire at a dormitory of a grammar school in north Thailand killed 18 daughters, many of whom had been roused by a dorm-mate but went back to sleep, concluding it was a escapade, officials and the girl who announced alarm systems said Monday. The casualties were between 5 and 12 years old.
Five daughters were injured in the Sunday night fire. Numerous endured by rappelling down from a second-floor window applying membranes tied together to structure a rope.
The two-story wooden organization that caught ardour room 38 daughters, most of them are members of the area’s ethnic minorities. Fifteen girls escaped without hurts. The generate of the attack was not immediately known.
Some of the students were still not asleep when the fuel broke out and were able to raise the alarm, said Rewat Wassana, manager of the Pithakkaiat Witthaya School, to which the dorm is attached.
The kindergarten and grammar school in Wiang Pa Pao district, just outside the city of Chiang Rai, has about 400 period both students and boarders. It is about 500 miles north of Bangkok.
Rewat said the fire broke out in the dorm’s lower level, which is used for works. The upper height residence the sleeping quarters. It is only one of the two dorms on the 20 -acre school fields. The other dorm, which is located nearby and is for boys, was untouched, Rewat said.
“We have a teacher who sleeps with the girls in the dorm. She tried to help the students escape, ” Rewat told reporters at a news conference providing information on local television.
An 11 -year-old girl identified only as Suchada said at the same news conference that she had get up to go to the lavatory when she detected the ardor downstairs, and ran to tell her friends in many rooms. But some of them didn’t believe her and closed the door on her going to go to sleep, she said.
“We remembered some lessons from Girl Scouts to tie cloth together to make a long tether and we climbed out of the window, ” the fifth-grade student said. “The teacher helped us. While the educator was climbing down, the rope tear and she injured her leg and waist.”
A police official told The Associated Press by phone that besides the 18 dead, another five girls were injured, including 2 in serious precondition. He said two of the bodies were so badly burned the latter are unidentifiable. The official did not wish to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Firefighters took 3 hour to extinguish the fervour, and gathered survivors and torsoes from the second-story window of the wooden building.