Thai fire cause

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A senior police official said arson or carelessness may have caused the fire that killed more than 200 people in a Thai toy company on Monday, but he ruled out an electrical fault, Reuter reports from Bangkok.

'Evidence has proven that the fire began in a box for packaging toys on the ground floor of the factory and not from an electrical fault as claimed,' said Police Lt-Gen Prasarn Vongya, chief of the Office of Scientific Crime. Kader Holdings, a Hong Kong firm that owns 40 per cent of the toy maker Kader Industrial (Thailand), had issued a statement saying the fire resulted from an electrical fault.

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