Seven suspects caught in NE China hotel arson

08:24, May 04, 2011      

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Police have caught all seven suspects who allegedly set a hotel in blaze that killed 10 and injured 35 in northeast China's Jilin Province early Sunday morning, local authorities said Tuesday.

Police are further investigating the arson case, the municipal publicity department of Tonghua said in a statement.

Sunday's fire broke out at about 3:30 a.m. at a building which houses a hotel of Home Inns, the country's largest budget hotel operator, in Tonghua City of Jilin Province.

The seven-storey building has a karaoke bar and a restaurant on the first and second floors and the Home Inns hotel is based on the floors above.

The ten, mostly from the fifth and seventh floors, were choked to death, according to police.

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