Fire in Thailand Kills at Least 18 School Girls
At least 18 young girls are dead after a fire at a boarding school in northern Thailand.
Officials told the Associated Press that the victims were between five and 12 years old.
The fire started late Sunday in a wooden, two-floor dormitory. News reports said a total of 38 students lived in the building. It is part of a private Christian school near the city of Chiang Rai, about 800 kilometers north of Bangkok.
About 400 day students and boarders attend the school. Most of the students are said to be ethnic minorities.
An official from the school said the fire started on the lower level of the dormitory. That floor was used for activities. The second floor was used as the sleeping area.
Officials say five girls were injured. Two of them were reported to have suffered serious injury. The Reuters news service said 15 girls escaped without injury.
One girl said, "We remembered some lessons from Girl Scouts to tie cloth together to make a long rope. We climbed out of the window."
Firefighters put out the fire in three hours. Thai officials are investigating the cause of the blaze.
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1.the Associated Press 美联社
He had been surprised to find himself the subject of an Associated Press wire story.
2.at least 至少
At least you can't write to them all the time.
3.ethnic minorities 少数民族
The life of ethnic minorities has improved greatly.
4.day students 走读生
Most boarding schools also have day students who are local residents or children of faculty.
1.News reports said a total of 38 students lived in the building.
a total of 总数为；总计
Their expenses reached a total of 1, 000 pounds.
The mine had yielded a total of about 3714 tons of coal.
2.Firefighters put out the fire in three hours.
put out 熄灭；出版
It's dangerous to put out your hand now.
At last firemen have put out a big forest fire in Califorina.
周日晚，一处位于山区的木质两层宿舍发生火灾 。最新消息称，失事校舍内共38名学生 。这间学校是清莱府一处私人基督学校，距曼谷约800公里 。
学校走读和住宿的学生约400名 。据悉，大多数学生为少数民族 。
学校负责人称，火灾起先发生在宿舍的一层 。一层是学生们上活动课的地方 。二层是学生宿舍 。
政府称有5名女学生受伤 。其中两名烧伤严重 。路透社报道称，只有15名学生安全逃离火灾 。
其中一位女孩表示：“我记得以前学过火灾发生时把衣服扭成绳子逃生 。就这样，我们顺着窗户爬了出来 。”
消防队花了近3个小时才把火扑灭 。警方正在着手调查火灾原因 。