By  on March 23, 2014

After a three-month investigation, the Italian police arrested five people connected with the Dec. 1 fire at the Prato, Tuscany-based garment factory Teresa Moda. The fire, which was triggered by a defective heater, killed seven Chinese laborers.

Two Italian businessmen, Giacomo and Massimo Pellegrini, the owners of the warehouse housing Teresa Moda, have been put under house arrest, while the managers of the garment company — Chinese citizens Lin You Lan, Lin Youli and Hu Xiaoping — have been jailed. The arrests follow investigations by the Guardia di Finanza, an Italian police force under the authority of the national minister of economy and finance, and the country’s national police, coordinated by the public prosecutor’s office in Prato.

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