Two wardens and 23 students died in the fire, fire department officials said in a notice put on a whiteboard at the school.
The blaze which destroyed the three-storey Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz Centre in Datuk Keramat here began in one of the dormitory rooms on the third floor.
As at 9am, the Department has nine fire engines from four stations at the scene. In total, 36 members of the force were involved.
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The Fire and Rescue Department received a distress call at 5.41 am.
Firefighters rushed to the scene and the blaze was out within an hour but not before it wreaked awful devastation - pictures in local media showed ash-covered, fire-blackened beds.
It follows concerns over the safety of religious schools in the country, with 211 fires breaking out since 2015. It is understood that rescuers managed to save five to six individuals during the blaze. It identified the building as Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, in Kuala Lumpur.