Updates, 17 Girls Burnt to Death from Dormitory Fire

Fire swept through a dormitory at a school for girls from poor hill-tribe families in Thailand, killing at least 17 and injuring five, police said on Monday.

The fire broke out late on Sunday as the girls slept at the Christian school in the northern province of Chiang Rai.

Investigators are looking at the possibility of faulty lighting on the floor below.

Relatives of the girls who died in the dormitory fire are awaiting the results of DNA tests because the bodies of all but five of the 17 victims are too disfigured to be recognizable.

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