18 girls were reportedly killed overnight in a fire at their school dormitory today in Thailand as parents rushed to Pitakiatwittaya School Christian elementary school in Thailand’s northern Chiang Rai Province to identify bodies.
The school’s manager, Rewat Wassana, told CNN that, “It is still very chaotic here, We are in the process of identifying bodies, none of the parents can claim their children’s bodies yet”.
According to lead investigator, Police Captain Kachornsak Pongthit, 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.
It is 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.
Momdee said, “We were trying to save everyone through the window, but the fire spread very quickly,” he said. “We have done our best.”