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Chinese, Italians arrested over deadly factory fire

Published on Mar 21, 2014 2:24 AM

ROME (AFP) - Five people were detained Thursday as part of an inquiry into a fire last December that killed seven people in a Chinese-run garment factory in Italy's Tuscany region.

Two of those held were the Italians owners of the building, located in the textile town of Prato, just north of Florence.

Also held were three Chinese - two sisters and one of their husbands - who ran the factory, and were inside when the blaze struck, managing to escape while others were trapped by security bars across the windows.

All face charges of multiple manslaughter and exploiting illegal labour.

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