HARBIN, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Four people were killed and two injured in a deliberately lit fire and stabbing in northeast China's Heilongjiang province Saturday morning, local police said.
Police authorities in Hulan district in Harbin, the provincial capital of Heilongjiang, said they received a report of a fire in a residential community at 6:30 a.m.
The fire was quickly extinguished 15 minutes later. An initial investigation showed that the suspect, surnamed Xing, stabbed a man surnamed Liao during a financial dispute and then set fire to the room they were in.
Three people in the room suffocated to death. The arsonist also died in the fire, but Liao survived. Another person suffered burns, the district public security bureau said in a statement.
Liao and the other injured had been sent to a local hospital.
A further investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.