The Nation newspaper in Thailand has claimed that 17 girls were killed by a fire outbreak which swept through a school in northern Thai on Sunday whilst they slept.
38 students were in Pithakkiart Witthaya School in Chiang Rai when the incident happened and killed the girls aged between 5 and 13 years.
Most of the students were asleep when the two-storey building caught up in flames but Arkom Sukapan, the deputy governor of Chiang Rai said some students who were awake managed to escape.
Local media showed images of the two-storey building consumed by flames, with firefighters tackling the fire.
Sukapan said some of the students were still awake when the fire swept through the dorm and so were able to escape.
He noted that the large number of casualties came from the others who were asleep and could not escape.
The casualties included five who were injured, two seriously and two other girls missing.
The victims' bodies have since been sent to a local hospital for identification, while a search continues for the two missing girls.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation according to the local police.