SEREMBAN: The Yayasan Sofa Astana tahfiz school at Raja Chengkau here was gutted in an early morning fire today, leaving three students in need of medical treatment for smoke inhalation.

All 37 residents of the hostel, however, managed to escape the inferno, which occurred barely a month after a blaze destroyed the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school in Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur, killing 21 students and two wardens.

The Yayasan Sofa Astana fire destroyed over 60 per cent of the all-girls 2-storey hostel, Rembau Fire and Rescue Services Department senior assistant officer Mohd Fuad said.

He said the department received a distress call at 1.50am, and a fire and rescue team was despatched, arriving at the scene at 2.05am. The blaze has been fully extinguished.

Meanwhile, two teenaged boys suspected of torching the Datuk Keramat tahfiz school will be charged for murder today.

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(File pix) All 37 residents of the Yayasan Sofa Astana tahfiz school’s hostel, managed to escape when the school was gutted in an early morning fire.