Ar­son sus­pect held af­ter blaze kills 22

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By CANG WEI in Nan­jing cang­wei@chi­

Po­lice in Jiangsu prov­ince said they have ar­rested an ar­son sus­pect af­ter a fire that en­gulfed a house claimed 22 lives on Sun­day morn­ing.

The fire broke out about 4:30 am in a twos­tory res­i­den­tial house in Yushan, a town in Chang­shu, leav­ing 22 peo­ple dead and t hree others in­jured, none of whom had life-threat­en­ing wounds.

Seventy-one fire­fight­ers and 14 firetrucks were dis­patched and the blaze was ex­tin­guished by 5:30 am.

Ac­cord­ing to the Jiangsu Pro­vin­cial Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Depart­ment, traces of gaso­line were found at the scene and all the doors of the build­ing were locked from the out­side.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied a sus­pect, sur­named Jiang, by an­a­lyz­ing the scene and sur­veil­lance cam­eras around the build­ing.

Po­lice said the sus­pect bad been taken into cus­tody, but they re­leased no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

Twenty-four teams with psy­chol­o­gists, le­gal ex­perts and civil ad­min­is­tra­tion work­ers were sent to help rel­a­tives of the vic­tims and the in­jured.

The State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Work Safety dis­patched a team to Chang­shu for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.


and 14 firetrucks were dis­patched, and the blaze was ex­tin­guished by 5:30 am, one hour af­ter the fire broke out in a res­i­den­tial house

ad­min­is­tra­tion or­dered the pro­vin­cial work safety depart­ment to co­op­er­ate with t he Chang­shu gov­ern­ment in aid­ing the i njured and de­ter­min­ing the cause of the fire.

Jiangsu’s Party chief Li Qiang and Wu Zhen­g­long, act­ing gov­er­nor, hur­ried to Changsu to as­sist.

Li said at a news con­fer­ence i n the city on Sun­day that in­for­ma­tion on the fire will be re­leased to the pub­lic as soon as pos­si­ble.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal res­i­dents, the build­ing served as a dor­mi­tory for em­ploy­ees of Si­age Pri­vate Dishes Restau­rant.

Twenty-nine em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing cooks and waiters, had lived in the 200square-me­ter build­ing for more than two years.

Most of the dead were in their 20s and had left their home­towns to find work in Chang­shu.

Five burn wound spe­cial­ists have been sent to the lo­cal hos­pi­tal to help treat the in­jured.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the fire is un­der way.

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