Deadly bus arson fuels debate on social ills

Forty-two people died and 33 others were injured after the bus burst into flames in Xiamen on June 7, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

Mainland media revealed more details last week about the life of Chen Shuizong, the arsonist who killed himself and 46 other passengers this month in a bus fire in Xiamen.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 2:25am

Man sentenced to death over vengeful arson attack

Lin Binwei confessed to setting the fire on February 23 in revenge against a man he thought was having an affair with his girlfriend. Eight people were killed in the attack.

9 Jun 2013 - 12:53pm

Depressed vendor blamed for deadly Xiamen bus fire

Investigators work inside the debris of the burned bus in Xiamen. Photo: Xinhua

Police in Xiamen believe a disgruntled street vendor started the fire on an express bus on Friday in which he and 46 other passengers were killed and 34 injured, many seriously.

9 Jun 2013 - 6:34am

China Digest, February 25, 2013

Environmental protection officials urged Beijing residents to refrain from setting off fireworks yesterday - the last day they were allowed to do so for the Lunar New Year celebrations - because of heavy air pollution that again shrouded the capital in smog, The Beijing News reports.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:43am

China Digest, February 18, 2013

Sales of consumer goods totalled 1.7 billion yuan (HK$2.09 billion) for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday in Lanzhou, a 21 per cent increase from the holiday last year, Xinhua reports, citing figures from the municipal commerce bureau.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:57am

Briefs, February 12, 2013

Two teenagers yesterday appeared in Tuen Mun Court on a joint charge of arson for allegedly setting fire to umbrellas and other items at a Tin Shui Wai estate on Friday. 

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am

Chile's indigenous activists blamed for arson deaths

President Pinera talks with the victims' relatives. Photo: AFP

A farmer and his wife were burned to death as their house was set on fire in southern Chile, with authorities blaming indigenous activists for the "terrorist" act.

The fire comes amid a wave of attacks in recent weeks in territories where the indigenous Mapuche Indians claim historic rights. The government has blamed the violence on a radical movement within the group.

6 Jan 2013 - 3:40am

South Korea turns down Japanese extradition request over Chinese arsonist

A South Korean court has turned down a Japanese extradition request for a Chinese national who served a 10-month jail sentence for an arson attack on the Japanese embassy in Seoul.

The court said Liu Qiang, 38, should now be sent home to China.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:15am

New York gunman wrote note before shooting

Houses ablaze after Spengler set fires and killed firemen. Photo: AP

Before William Spengler opened fire on firefighters who had arrived to put out a fire at his home in the upstate New York town of Webster, killing two and seriously wounding two others, he typed a couple of pages announcing his plans.

"I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighbourhood I can burn down and do what I do best: killing people," Spengler wrote, police said.

27 Dec 2012 - 3:45am

Taiwan man indicted in fatal hospital fire

Tainan firemen tend to patients outside the Hsinying hospital after a fire in October. Photo: AFP

A Taiwanese man has been indicted on murder and arson charges for allegedly starting a fire at a hospital in October that killed 13 people and injured 60 others, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said they ruled out seeking the death penalty for the 67-year-old, identified only by his surname Lin, due to his confession of the crime and his poor health.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Report to blame faulty wiring, and not arson, for Fa Yuen Street fire

Police and firemen survey the fire scene. Photo: Felix Wong

A connection problem with an electric cable used at a hawker's stall has been identified as the only possible cause of a Mong Kok inferno in November last year that killed nine people and injured 34.

Investigators into the city's deadliest fire in 15 years are expected to point to faulty wiring, instead of arson, as the trigger for the tragedy in the Fa Yuen Street open-air market.

29 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Revenge attacks in southern Philippines over Ponzi scheme

Revenge attacks in southern Philippines over Ponzi scheme

The Philippines is monitoring incidents of revenge violence in southern provinces where a 12 billion peso (HK$2.25 billion) Ponzi scheme may have duped at least 15,000 people.

17 Nov 2012 - 3:04am

South Korean treasure set to rise again from ashes

The structure's 22,000 roof tiles were handmade. Photo: AFP

Five years ago, as he watched TV images of South Korea's foremost historical treasure being engulfed in flames lit by a lone arsonist, Hong Chang-Won remembers having to turn his head away.

"It was too heartbreaking to see such beautiful architecture being destroyed like that," said Hong, a registered master craftsman who specialises in traditional Korean ornamental painting.

10 Nov 2012 - 1:01am

Suspected arsonist in Taiwan hospital fire detained

Police investigate the scene of the hospital fire in Tainan. Photo: EPA

A Taiwanese prosecutor said on Wednesday that an elderly man had been arrested and detained on suspicion of starting a fire at a hospital that killed 12 people and injured 60.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Police no longer suspect arson in Fa Yuen Street fire

Police suspect an electrical fault, possibly overloading, rather than arson, caused November's deadly fire in Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok.

The city's deadliest blaze in 15 years killed nine people and injured 34 others.

Government laboratory test reports are expected to be completed this week and be sent to the police by week's end.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am