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18 girls killed in fire at school dorm in northern Thailand

A photo posted to the school's Facebook site shows fire crews fighting the blaze.

Parents rushed to an elementary school in Thailand Monday, where 18 girls were killed overnight in a fire at their school dormitory.
"It is still very chaotic here," the school's manager Rewat Wassana told CNN. "We are in the process of identifying bodies, none of the parents can claim their children's bodies yet," he said.

Thirty-eight children -- all girls between the ages of 5 and 12 -- were sleeping in the dorm when the fire broke out at the private Pitakiatwittaya School Christian elementary school in Thailand's northern Chiang Rai Province, according to lead investigator, Police Captain Kachornsak Pongthit.

It's not clear what caused the fire, which is believed to have started around 11:00 p.m. local time Sunday (12 midnight Saturday ET).

Twenty girls were rescued after firefighters on ladders scaled the walls of the building, said Sawang Momdee, chief of Chiang Rai's fire unit, who led the operation. Of the 20 rescued, five were injured.

"We were trying to save everyone through the window, but the fire spread very quickly," he said. "We have done our best."
In a message on its Facebook site, the school, which is known for providing free education to hill tribe children, posted an image and said the school would be closed until Friday due to the blaze.

The school has been operating for five years and teaches 142 students from pre-elementary to grade 6.

About 60% of the students were poorer children from surrounding villages who had been receiving free education and accommodation from the Christian charity.

Thailand school fire kills 17 schoolgirls
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17 die in blaze sparked by faulty dorm light

A dorm building at Pitakkiat Wittaya School in Chiang Rai's Wiang Pa Pao district is left in ruins after it was hit by a raging fire on Sunday night, killing 17 schoolgirls. (Photos by Chinpat Chaimon)

A faulty light tube is believed to have caused a horrific fire that killed at least 17 girls and injured five in a charity school dormitory in the northern province of Chiang Rai.

Nineteen girls, including five injured students and one teacher narrowly escaped by clambering down from the second floor through a window. Two of the injured girls are in critical condition.

The fire broke out about 11pm on Sunday on the first floor. Many of the children who were asleep on the second floor could not escape as the flames devoured the two-storey building.

There were 36 girls and one teacher in the dormitory when the fire started, police said, adding the dead were aged between five and 12.

Pol Maj Gen Sant Sukwaj, commander of the 5th Police Forensic Science Centre, said initial forensic checks found a light tube in the recreation room on the first floor overheated until it melted and dropped onto a pile of clothes below, causing the blaze.

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