Turkey Detains Six, Including Manager, Over Deadly Fire

Turkey detains six, including manager, over deadly fire

ISTANBUL, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 30th Nov, 2016 ) :Turkey on Wednesday detained six people suspected of negligence after 12 people, most of them schoolgirls, were killed in a fire at a dormitory in the southern region of Adana. Those detained as part of the investigation into accusations of "causing death by negligence" include the manager of the dormitory in the Aladag district of Adana, the Dogan news agency said. Officials said many of the victims were killed on the top floors of the dormitory after they were unable to open a fire door to flee the flames.

Dogan said most of the dead would be identified after DNA tests, adding that one of those killed was the four-year-old daughter of the dormitory manager held by the police. Eleven schoolgirls and one tutor were killed in the fire, which officials said was likely caused by an electrical fault. It then spread rapidly due to the wooded structures inside and carpeted floors. All the schoolgirls were said to be 14 or under. The head of the Egitim-Is education union Mehmet Balik said the dorm belonged to a religious Sunni Muslim sect in Aladag. The girls had been sleeping there as the state-run dorm had been demolished for expansion, Dogan reported.