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Arson fire kills 10, injures 8 in east China

The blaze started at about 5 am on Friday in a dormitory of a bathroom supply company in Wenzhou city in Zhejiang province.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 12:14 IST

An arsonist in eastern China set fire to a migrant workers' dormitory, killing 10 people including five who jumped to their deaths, state media said on Saturday.

The blaze started at about 5 am on Friday in a dormitory of a bathroom supply company in Wenzhou city in Zhejiang province, the Beijing News said.

Five of the migrant workers, from all over China, died of their injuries after leaping six stories to the ground, it said. Eight were injured, none of them critically.

Police detained a 32-year-old man who also worked for the company and concluded he had intentionally started the fire, the Beijing News said. It gave no specific motive.

More than 230,000 fires claimed nearly 2,500 lives in China last year, the Public Security Ministry said.

A hospital fire in the northeastern province of Jilin killed 39 people -- mostly patients -- in December and at leas 26 Christmas revelers died after a blaze gutted a bar in the southern province of Guangdong on Christmas day.