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Six Detained in Turkey After Deadly Dormitory Fire

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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.

Authorities in Turkey have detained six people in connection with a fire at a school that killed 12 people and injured 22 others.

The fire broke out in a girls' dormitory late Tuesday in the southern province of Adana. The cause is believed to be an electrical fault.

Those detained were leaders and employees at the school who are being investigated for possible negligence.

The mayor of Adana Huseyin Sozlu told Turkish media that the dorm's fire door may have been locked, leaving students unable to open it.

Adana Governor Mahmut Demirtas told the state-run Anadolu Agency some of the injured students were affected by smoke and some were hurt while trying to get out of the building.

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