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Four die, eight injured in apartment fire in northeast China


13:16, September 08, 2011

People injured in an apartment fire receive medical treatment in a hospital in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province, Sept. 7, 2011. Fire broke out in a rental apartment of Zhesi residential community in Changchun early Wednesday. Four people were killed in the fire, and eight others injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. (Xinhua/Wang Haofei)

CHANGCHUN, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Four people died and eight others were injured Wednesday after a drunk man, who was disillusioned over a love affair, set fire to an apartment he rented in the northeastern city of Changchun, local police said.

Altogether 39 residents of the building in the city's Kuancheng District were evacuated after the suspect, Le Changxin, set fire to his clothes in his rented room early Wednesday, police said.

The four died while hospitalized. The eight others are receiving treatment, police said.

The suspect and the apartment owner, Wang Zhidong, have been detained, police said.

Police continue to investigate.


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