Police yet to identify one of the burnt victims

Garage located in M. Niru Fehi, Malé City which burnt down yesterday killing 10 people. | Photo: Mohammed Hayyan

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Police Service has revealed that the body of one of the victims of the fire that broke out in M. Niru Fehi on Wednesday night has not been identified.

A total of 10 people were killed in the fire and one is being treated in hospital.

The bodies of the deceased have been identified as seven Indians and a Bangladeshi woman and man.

The identity of the next body has not been identified, police said.

To identify the dead, police have asked the public for information on foreigners who have not been heard from since that night, as well as residents of M. Niru Fehi, M Sand Rose and those believed to have visited the house last night.

The fire broke out in the garage that is located on the ground floor, while the first-floor houses cramped living quarters for migrant workers.

Fire and rescue personnel were on the scene after receiving a call about the fire at 12:30 a.m. The fire was brought under control at 4:34 am, the army said.

Local media reports state that there were a number of gas cylinders used by the residents in the building for cooking. There are 28 very small rooms, each with a gas bottle and all the gas cylinders have exploded.