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CCTV official detained over massive fire

BEIJING police have detained an official of China Central Television over Monday night's massive fire that caused one death and seven injuries in its new headquarters complex, the municipal public security bureau confirmed today.

Xu Wei, 50, is among 12 people detained under suspicion of having caused the fire with banned fireworks, a spokesman with the bureau said.

Under detention are three other CCTV employees and eight people CCTV hired to set off fireworks, he said.

The spokesman said the bureau is investigating the case, and gave no details.

Xu is in charge of civil construction of CCTV's new site in eastern Beijing's central business district. He is native of Beijing and began working at CCTV in 1983.


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