June 8, 2009 / 12:04 AM / 9 years ago

Gasoline blamed in deadly Chinese bus fire

BEIJING, June 8 (Reuters) - Gasoline carried onboard by a passanger was the likely cause of a deadly bus fire that killed 27 people in the southwestern city of Chengdu last week, the Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

Investigators still do not know whether the gasoline was ignited accidentally or delibrately, the agency said. On Saturday, local officials said "sabotage" was a possible cause of the fire, which injured 74 passengers.

Passengers carrying propane tanks and other fuel have been responsible for other deadly fires in Chinese public buses, but bombs have also on occasion been found on buses, for instance in Kunming, in neighboring Yunnan Province, last summer. (Reporting by Lucy Hornby; Editing by Ken Wills)

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