Fatal suspected arson rages through China house

One person has been arrested after an alleged arson in east China on Sunday morning (local time), which killed 22 people.

A two-storey house in Changshu City, Jiangsu province, was devoured by flames after the alleged crime.

It had been rented out by a local restaurant for its employees to live in, and 29 people were inside when the fire broke out at around 4:30am.

Around 71 firefighters and 13 fire engines raced to battle the blaze, managing to extinguish the flames just over an hour later.

Twenty-two people died and three others were injured.

Chinese police said they've arrested a suspect arsonist, giving the surname as Jiang. No further information has been given by local authorities.

Police are continuing to investigate the blaze.