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Arrests over Morocco factory fire

Fire-fighters try to put out the blaze in a mattress factory in Casablanca on 26 April 2008
The blaze was so strong it took fire-fighters hours to get inside

Moroccan police have arrested both the owner and the manager of a mattress factory destroyed in a fire that killed at least 55 people.

The owner, named as Adil Moufarreh, and his son Abdelali, described as the manager, are being questioned.

The fire broke out on Saturday on the ground floor of the factory in the city of Casablanca. The cause is unclear.

Correspondents said flames spread rapidly because of chemical products stored at the site.

Local radio reports quoted rescue officials as saying it was impossible to open some doors.

About 100 of the factory's 150 staff were believed to have been on site at the time.


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