Police arrest suspected arsonist after deadly China bus fire

Chinese police arrest man for starting fire on bus, claiming 17 lives

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Firefighters are seen working inside a burnt bus after it caught fire on a street in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China on January 5, 2016

Chinese police arrested a man suspected of starting a bus fire on Tuesday that killed 17 people, state media reported.

Bus fires are not uncommon in China, where regulators have blamed some recent blazes on flawed auto design. In 2013, a bus fire caused by a suicidal man killed 47 in the coastal city of Xiamen.

Flames engulfed the bus in front of a furniture store in the northern region of Ningxia. Thirty-two people were injured.

Police "surrounded and seized" the suspected arsonist after launching a manhunt, the official People's Daily said via its microblog.

Police in the country of Helan were investigating the blaze. State media did not mention any possible motives.