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Fire at northeastern China nursing home kills 10 residents; report says arson suspected

A fire at a nursing home in northeastern China killed 10 elderly residents, with state media reports saying Friday that the blaze was set by an angry resident.

The Hailun city government said the blaze started early Thursday in the home's hospice wing and the cause was under investigation.

However, state broadcaster CCTV said the fire was lit by an elderly male resident who suspected some of his possessions had been stolen.

The city government's online statement said 32 seniors were registered in the hospice wing. It said the 283 seniors who live in the home are mostly retired farmers.

Hailun is in Heilongjiang province about 650 kilometers (400 miles) northeast of Beijing. The area is one of China's main grain-producing regions.

With a rapidly aging population and under-resourced social security net, China faces increasing pressure to provide safe and affordable elder care.