At least 14 killed in China bus fire

    At least 14 killed in China bus fire

    Jan 5, Beijing: At least 14 people have been killed in a fire on a public bus in the Chinese province of Ningxia. Another 32 people were injured in the fire, among them eight were severely injured, state media reported.

    Broadcaster CCTV quoted authorities in the city of Yinchuan as saying that the bus suddenly caught fire at around 07:00 local time on Monday, trapping some people inside.

    Officials are looking for a man in connection with the fire.

    Amateur footage posted online showed the bus engulfed in flames.

    Authorities have named the man, Ma Yongping, and released his picture and personal identification number, saying he was a "major suspect" in the case.

    All the injured have been sent to a hospital for treatment.

    According to the media reports, along with several accidents there have been cases of deliberately set fires in recent years, as was the case in June 2013 when 48 people died on a Xiamen bus. Authorities said then that a suicidal man had started the fire.

    The Oslo Times


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