KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Three survivors of the religious school fire in Malaysia are recovering well, showing signs of alertness and are able to communicate.
Hospital Kuala Lumpur director Datuk Dr Zaininah Mohd Zain said the three young pupils - Muhammad Shahir Sharifuddin, 11; Zunnun Misri Masrun and Indra Kurniawan, both 12 - suffered about 20 per cent burns and other injuries in the deadly blaze.
"Their vital signs are stable and they are alert and cheerful," she said.
Dr Zaininah said Zunnun is now able to position himself in bed, while Indra can respond to simple conversation.
Muhammad Shahir is also able to eat small amounts of normal food.
Dr Zaininah said the boys should be discharged in about two weeks' time, dependent on their rates of recovery.
On Sept 14, a fire destroyed the topmost floor of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school in Kampung Datuk Keramat, killing 21 students and two wardens.
On Sept 16, seven youths aged between 11 and 18 were arrested for the crime.
Two 16-year-old suspects now face 23 murder charges.
Five youths, including the two accused of murder, were also charged with taking drugs.