Turkey: Fire at dormitory for girls kills 12, injures 22

ISTANBUL (AP) — A fire at a middle school dormitory for girls in southern Turkey left 12 people dead and 22 injured Tuesday night, a Turkish governor and state-run media said.

Adana Governor Mahmut Demirtas gave the death toll for the fire in the town of Aladag and said the wounded were taken to a hospital, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency, which described the building as a middle school dormitory for girls.

The cause of the fire was unknown, and it was not known how many of the dead and injured were children.

Turkish television showed flames rising from a multiple-story building and firefighters battling the blaze. Several windows on the building were scorched black and ashen debris littered the dormitory entrance after the fire was put out.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak were heading to the scene.

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