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Beijing officials probed for deadly fire

(Global Times)    08:34, November 30, 2017

Local discipline inspection commissions said that the officials responsible for the recent fire that killed 19 people in Beijing have been placed are under investigation on Wednesday.

Beijing's and Daxing's discipline inspection commissions have suspended Du Zhiyong, the deputy head of Daxing district and began investigating him, qianlong.com, a news portal affiliated with the Beijing municipal Party committee, reported Wednesday night.

Zheng Yajun and Si Wentao, two top officials of Xihongmen town in Daxing, have also been suspended and are under investigation together with 10 others, the report said.

Meanwhile, the Daxing people's procuratorate has decided to arrest the eight suspects of the fire and has sent them to the police.

Police said the Daxing fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring, CCTV reported on Monday.

On November 18, fire started at a cold storage basement in Daxing district where refrigeration equipment was being tested.

Carbon monoxide poisoning caused 19 deaths, including eight under the age of 18.

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