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18 girls killed in fire at school dormitory in Thailand

  • In this image made from video, the outside of a damaged school dormatory is seen where local police say 18 girls, ranging from 5 to 12 years old, died in a fire in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, May 23, 2016. Police officials say five other girls were injured, with two in serious condition, in the fire, late Sunday. ( Voice TV Thailand via AP) THAILAND OUT

    In this image made from video, the outside of a damaged school dormatory is seen where local police say 18 girls, ranging from 5 to 12 years old, died in a fire in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, May 23, 2016. Police officials say five other girls were injured, with two in serious condition, in the fire, late Sunday. ( Voice TV Thailand via AP) THAILAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image made from video, the inside of a damaged school dormatory is seen where local police say 18 girls, ranging from 5 to 12 years old, died in a fire in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, May 23, 2016. Police officials say five other girls were injured, with two in serious condition, in the fire, late Sunday. ( Voice TV Thailand via AP) THAILAND OUT

    In this image made from video, the inside of a damaged school dormatory is seen where local police say 18 girls, ranging from 5 to 12 years old, died in a fire in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, May 23, 2016. Police officials say five other girls were injured, with two in serious condition, in the fire, late Sunday. ( Voice TV Thailand via AP) THAILAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

Police say 18 girls ranging from 5 to 12 years old have been killed in a fire at a boarding school dormitory in northern Thailand.

A police official says five other girls were injured, with two in serious condition, in the fire late Sunday in Chiang Rai district.

He said Monday that two of the bodies were so badly burned they were unidentifiable. The official did not wish to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Some more girls survived without injuries, but it was not known how many.

Firefighters took three hours to extinguish the fire, and pulled survivors and bodies from the second-story window of the wooden building.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.