(Charred school benches and desks are seen at the site of an arson attack at a primary school classroom in Gongyi, central China's Henan province, on Monday, May 8, 2006. Photo: AP)
Related: Kindergarten Arson Kills 3 kids in Central China
Chinese police have arrested a teenager accused of killing three children by starting a fire at a kindergarten in Central China's Henan Province on Monday, local police announced.
Bai Ningyang, 19, from the village of Shiguan, in Gongyi City, was arrested at around 4 p.m. Tuesday, said an official from the provincial department of public security.
The department offered no explanation of Bai's alleged actions, saying he was still being questioned.
The incident occurred at around 9 a.m. in a kindergarten in Shiguan. Bai is alleged to have broken into a classroom where 21 children were having lessons, locked the door and lit a fire with gasoline.
Two five-year-old children died at the scene, and another died later in hospital. Fourteen others, including the teacher, suffered burns.
Nine of the injured children were still in danger and were receiving treatment at the No.1 People's Hospital in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital. The rest were in stable condition, according to the department.
Most cities in Henan are reviewing safety and security in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools after the incident.
Fire control departments of Zhengzhou have dispatched 17 teams to carry out site inspections at 58 kindergartens across the city.