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Dormitory Fire Kills 12 in Turkey

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Flames rise from a fire in a school dormitory in Aladag, Adana, in southern Turkey, Nov. 29, 2016.

Flames rise from a fire in a school dormitory in Aladag, Adana, in southern Turkey, Nov. 29, 2016.

A fire at a school in southern Turkey has killed 12, including 11 teenage girls, and injured 22 others.

The fire broke out in a girls dormitory late Tuesday in the southern province of Adana. The cause of the fire was unknown, and it was not clear how many of the injured were children.

Adana Governor Mahmut Demirtas told the state-run Anadolu agency some of the injured students were affected by the smoke and some of them had been hurt trying to escape from the burning building.

Medics carry a wounded student to an ambulance in Aladag, Adana, in southern Turkey, Nov. 29, 2016. A fire at a middle school dormitory for girls in southern Turkey left at least 12 people dead.

Medics carry a wounded student to an ambulance in Aladag, Adana, in southern Turkey, Nov. 29, 2016. A fire at a middle school dormitory for girls in southern Turkey left at least 12 people dead.

Turkish television showed flames rising from a multiple-story building and firefighters battling the blaze.

Turkish government officials said Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, National Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz and others were headed to Adana.

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