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Arsonist set deadly factory blaze that killed 14 to avenge docked pay

(Global Times)

09:35, December 07, 2012

A man arrested on suspicion of a deadly arson attack on an underwear factory in South China's Guangdong Province confessed Wednesday that he committed the crime out of anger over a labor dispute, according to investigators.

Fourteen people were killed in a blaze that broke out around 3:30 pm Tuesday at a factory in a four-story building in the province's city of Shantou. One worker was injured.

The local emergency response office on Wednesday identified the suspect as Liu Shuangyun, 26, from Hunan Province.

Liu was caught by police in Puning around 10 pm Tuesday. He allegedly bought petroleum, set the fire and fled the scene.

The fire was contained within half an hour, with more than 200 square meters burned.

Liu had worked in the factory for about a year and been paid on a piece-work basis to produce underwear.

The factory boss, surnamed Chen, continually docked his wages, deducting about 3,000 yuan ($481.8), said Liu while being questioned by police.

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