22 peo­ple die in Chi­nese dor­mi­tory fire

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEI­JING — At least 22 peo­ple died in a blaze that gut­ted a two-story work­ers’ dor­mi­tory in east­ern China on Sunday, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors said they sus­pect the fire was the work of an ar­son­ist.

Po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rested a sus­pect in Yushan Town, Jiangsu prov­ince, Chi­nese Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion news re­ported. But the report gave no mo­tive for the fire, which broke out about 4:30 a.m. in a house serv­ing as a dor­mi­tory for about 29 restau­rant work­ers.

Videos shared on news web­sites showed res­i­dents yelling in panic while fire­fight­ers stood out­side the build­ing in Jiangsu, and a dense rib­bon of smoke ris­ing into the sky. Six peo­ple man­aged to es­cape, in­clud­ing three who were in­jured and sent to the hospi­tal. One res­i­dent was miss­ing, the re­ports said.

Safety in­ves­ti­ga­tors dis­cov­ered “traces of burned gaso­line at the scene, and the doors had all been locked from the out­side,” the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Work Safety wrote on­line.

The po­lice used sur­veil­lance video to iden­tify and ar­rest a sus­pect, iden­ti­fied by only one name, Jiang, said the re­ports, which gave no other de­tails. The town gov­ern­ment said the sus­pect had been caught in the af­ter­noon near the site of the fire, hid­ing in­side a wa­ter tank on top of a build­ing, the China News Ser­vice re­ported.

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