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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

WORLD BEAT: Chinese Police Hold 12 Over Porno Theater Fire




BEIJING -- Chinese police have detained 12 people after a blaze that killed 74 at a pornographic movie theater last week, state media said Sunday.


Police in Henan province blamed an overworked quartz heater for sparking the blaze at the Paradise video parlor in Jiaozuo city, Xinhua news agency said. But video parlor boss Han Benyu and 10 staffers were being held accountable for poor safety standards that contributed to the deadly outcome of the fire, it said.


Public safety official Zhao Suxia was also among those held.


The blaze occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning at the theater, killing 63 males and 11 females, including three children.