14 others were injured in the blaze and have been hospitalized, with three still in critical conditions.
The fire affected 1,500 square metres of the first two floors of the building, which also housed a karaoke bar which was under renovation.
An initial investigation has suggested that the fire may have been caused by the cutting of renovation materials.
Of those arrested, two are said to be contractors of the construction project, along with 14 construction workers, seven shareholders and one porter from the karaoke bar. Eight other suspects are still being sought. – CRI
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