Gag Order on Dorm Fire Killing 12 Including 11 Children

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11 children and one dorm staff have lost their lives in the fire that broke out at Özel Aladağ Tahsil Çağındaki Talebelere Yardım Derneği Ortaöğretim Kız Öğrenci Yurdu, a girl student dorm, in the evening hours in Adana province.

A gag order has been issued on the incident towards morning.

Forestry protection units along with fire department responded to the fire, which started at around 7:30 p.m. yesterday (November 29).

22 students who jumped off the window and affected by the smoke were taken into hospitals.

When the fire was put out subsequent to a 3-hour fighting, the fire fighters entering the building found bodies of 11 students and one instructor.

Adana Governor Mahmut Demirtaş said there were in total 34 students staying in the dorm.

Those who lost their lives are as follows:

Sare Betül Genç, Fatma Canatan, Semanur Aydoğdu, Gamze Bagir, Bahtınur Baş, Nurgül Pertlek, Tuğba Aydoğdu, Sümeyye Yetim, Cennet Karataş, Sevim Köylü, İlknur Maden, Zeliha Avcı.

Electrical contact

Adana Fire Department Bureau President Fatih Durukan said the fire broke out due to an electrical contact.

Underlining that inside of the building veneer and the floor carpet-covered, Durukan stated that the fire grew in a short time and spread over the upper floors. (EKN/TK)