The official says the fire started early Thursday at the top floor of the three-story building that is believed to be a dormitory. He says the dead were 23 teenage boys and two adults. The official declined to be named as he isn't authorized to give a statement.
The official said the bodies were piled on top of each other, indicating a possible stampede as people tried to flee the fire. He said police are still confirming the final numbers and cause of the fire. -AP