| GEO World|
| Four students killed in China fire|
| Updated at: 1029 PST, Friday, November 14, 2008|
SHANGHAI: Four college students in Shanghai fell more than 15 meters (50 feet) to their deaths on Friday after a fire broke out in their dormitory, state media reported.
The fire, which broke out about 6:00 am (2200 GMT Thursday), was then put out and no other people were injured, the report said.
Police are investigating the cause of the blaze, the report said, although there is speculation it could have been caused by a short circuit of the electric kettle the students were using.
The blaze at the Shanghai Business School quickly blocked the corridors for the female students who were living in one of the rooms on the sixth floor of the dormitory, according to local daily.
The four were forced on to the balcony, and then over the top where they hung on to the balustrades and yelled for help for about one minute before they ran out of strength and fell, the report said, citing an unnamed witness.