12 killed, 22 wounded in dormitory fire in Turkey's Adana

A total of 12 people were killed and 22 were wounded late on Nov. 29 when a fire broke out at a private girls' dormitory in the Aladağ district of the southern province of Adana, the governor's office has announced.

Adana Governor Mahmut Demirtaş announced that 12 bodies, including one educator, were retrieved dead in the fire, while the 22 wounded were taken to hospital. 

Demirtaş said a total of 34 students were staying at the secondary school dormitory.s.       

He also said some of the injured students were poisoned by smoke, while others were wounded while trying to escape the fire.
He said the fire might have been caused by electric contact.

According to Adana Mayor Hüseyin Sözlü, the fire exit door was locked during the fire.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak told reporters on Nov. 30 that there was no lock on the fire escape door, quoting the prosecutor. 

Kaynak also said 10 of those killed were students along with a child and an adult. 

According to Kaynak, the latest inspection at the dormitory was conducted in June. 

He also said autopsy proceedings could be completed by the evening of Nov. 30.

Meanwhile, police in Adana also detained the building manager and 13 others into the incident on Nov. 30.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Gov. Demirtaş after the fire, to get an update on the situation, according to presidential sources.

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım was also briefed by Demirtaş and related ministers.    
EU Minister Ömer Çelik also stated that a crisis desk has been set up after the incident.

A gag order was issued on reporting about the fire.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara also extended its...

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