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Police have arrested 9 people after a building collapsed in central China

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Chinese police arrested a building owner and eight other people on Sunday, two days after the structure collapsed, leaving dozens of people under rubble, police and the state media reported, writes Euronews.

The official Xinhua news agency said the owner of the building was among those arrested. Changsha City Police said they also arrested three people responsible for design and construction and five others for what they said was a false safety assessment for a four- to six-story guesthouse.

A woman has been rescued, taken to hospital and is in stable condition, CCTV state television announced on Sunday, bringing the total number of rescued people to six. About 20 people were trapped, and another 39 were not found until late Saturday.

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In the photos, the building appeared to have collapsed to about the second floor. It is located in a row of about six stories high buildings in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province.

Xinhua said the building had eight floors, including a restaurant on the second floor, a cafe on the third floor and apartments on the top two floors. Other media reports said it was a six-story building. Residents had made structural changes to the building, but the cause of the collapse remained under investigation, Xinhua said.

Police said Hunan Xiangda Engineering Testing Co. issued a false safety report on April 13th. Among those arrested are the company’s legal representative and four technicians suspected of providing the assessment.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that such structures need to be inspected for possible hidden hazards and repaired to prevent major accidents, according to Xinhua.

Failure to comply with safety standards, including illegally constructed additional floors and non-use of reinforcing bars, is often to blame for such disasters.

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