At least 17 schoolgirls have been killed in a fire that ripped through a dormitory in northern Thailand.
Terrible news: at least 17 schoolgirls. aged between 5/13, killed in Thai dormitory fire. Our sincere condoleances. pic.twitter.com/mcpT9FV2qW— NLambThailand (
KarelEmb) <a href="https://twitter.com/KarelEmb/status/734590419456172033">May 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b> The fire broke out at night while the girls aged between 5 and 13 were in bed. <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">18 girls killed in Thai elementary school dorm fire: <a href="https://t.co/9SyL3VyJsH">https://t.co/9SyL3VyJsH</a> <a href="https://t.co/iJr0JTwYqb">pic.twitter.com/iJr0JTwYqb</a></p>— CNN International (cnni) May 23, 2016
Two girls are still missing and five are injured, two of them seriously.
The school in Chiang Rai houses 38 students from the region’s poor hill tribes.
Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the blaze.
Local media report that those that made their escape were awake when the fire started those that died were sleeping.
The bodies have been taken to hospital for identification, while the search for the missing continues.