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11 suspects detained in deadly poultry plant fire investigation


08:40, July 05, 2013

BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Eleven civil servants have been detained over suspicions that their derelictions of duty contributed to a poultry plant fire that left 121 people dead in northeast China's Jilin Province in June, the country's top procuratorate said Thursday.

The Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) said four persons allegedly hold the responsibility for the accident, including the chief of Mishazi Township Liu Zhenxiang, and the former head of the local construction bureau Song Limin.

They were detained for investigation on July 1.

A fire broke out at 6:06 a.m. on June 3 at a poultry processing plant owned by the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Company in Mishazi Township, Dehui City, located about 100 km northeast of the provincial capital Changchun, leaving 121 dead and 76 injured.

In June, the procuratorial organs set up files to investigate and detain another seven suspects, including the former chief and deputy chief of Dehui fire department Lyu Yandong and Liu Guicai, fire department officials Lan Tian and Gao Wei, head of the Mishazi Township police department Zhao Zhen and firefighters Feng Tianming and Sun Zhongguang, the SPP said.

Lyu, Liu Guicai, Lan and Gao conducted no serious inspections of the poultry processing plant's fire system and listed the plant with over 400 employees as a general-level fire control space, which was against the law, it said.

After the accident, some of the suspects, including Lyu and Zhao, falsified information to hide the facts that no serious fire safety inspections had been conducted and that proper fire safety equipment was not in place, among other crimes, it added.

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