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22 dead in dormitory blaze

A man is in custody accused of setting fire to this two-story house in Changshu, east China’s Jiangsu Province, where 22 people died early yesterday. Three others were injured in the blaze. Investigators discovered traces of gasoline at the scene of the pre-dawn fire in Yushan Town in Changshu and found that all the doors of the house had been locked, according to the national work safety agency. The house was being used as a dormitory for 29 people working at a local restaurant, according to The Beijing News newspaper. The residents were mostly migrant workers in their 20s working as waitresses and cooks, the report said. The fire broke out around 4:29am and had been put out about an hour later. Further investigation into the cause of the tragedy is under way. Police said they had apprehended a man surnamed Jiang, but didn’t reveal any further information about the suspect. — Xinhua

A man is in custody accused of setting fire to this two-story house in Changshu, east China’s Jiangsu Province, where 22 people died early yesterday. Three others were injured in the blaze. Investigators discovered traces of gasoline at the scene of the pre-dawn fire in Yushan Town in Changshu and found that all the doors of the house had been locked, according to the national work safety agency. The house was being used as a dormitory for 29 people working at a local restaurant, according to The Beijing News newspaper. The residents were mostly migrant workers in their 20s working as waitresses and cooks, the report said. The fire broke out around 4:29am and had been put out about an hour later. Further investigation into the cause of the tragedy is under way. Police said they had apprehended a man surnamed Jiang, but didn’t reveal any further information about the suspect. — Xinhua

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