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Manslaughter investigation readied in deadly Prato fire

At least seven Chinese workers killed in clothing factory

02 December, 10:31
Manslaughter investigation readied in deadly Prato fire (ANSA) - Prato, December 2 - Prosecutors in the central Italian city of Prato were preparing a manslaughter investigation Monday after a fire at a Chinese-owned clothing factory killed at least seven workers a earlier. Police said multiple suspects likely faced charges for the blaze that struck in the early hours Sunday as workers slept inside a factory dormitory in Prato, near Florence. Meanwhile rescuers continued to search for survivors beneath the rubble of the collapsed roof. With roughly 40,000 textile factories in the area, Prato hosts the largest clothing district in Italy. Authorities say many of its thousands of workers reside and work in Italy illegally, prompting officials to shut down numerous factories every year.