Turkey: Fire in Adana Province's Dormitory, 12 Dead and 22 Injured

World - Pavan Pandey - Nov 30,2016

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turkey fire in adana provinces dormitory 12 dead and 22 injured

Eleven teenage girls and a caretaker of a dormitory in Adana died, while 22 have been reported as injured. Several injuries were caused when teenage students jumped out of the window to escape the blaze.

On Tuesday, total 11 teenage girls and a women who worked at the dormitory were killed when fire broke out at a three-story building in the Turkish southern province of Adana. In this horrific tragedy, almost 22 others were injured and transported to the hospital for treatment. The suspected cause of the tragedy is assumed to be a short circuit.

The governor of Adana province Mr. Mahmut Demirtas confirmed, “12 dead body were recovered, 22 wounded people were taken to hospitals.” The governor futher added, this was a private dormitory with 34 students and a caretaker living in it. He also revealed that, some injuries were caused when panicked student jumped from window to escape the fire. There are some students who are suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

According to an initial investigation, the fire was caused by an electric meter which is located on the ground floor of the building. The fire spread speedily through the building’s wooden interior and carpets. This was the reason how the girls were trapped on the second and third floors of the building.

The private girls-only dormitory is situated in Adana province’s Aladag district and has a capacity of 54 students. Moreover, it only allows secondary and high school students. The dormitory building burned for almost three hours before it was stifled by two firefighting vehicles deployed by the fire department at the incident.

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Veysi Kaynak and Minister of the interior Suleyman Soylu were travelling to examine the incident site; Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his condolences to the victims and their families.