BEIJING (AP) — Two Chinese forest rangers died in a forest fire caused by people burning fake paper money and incense in a traditional ceremony to honor dead ancestors, state media said Friday.
The fire broke out Thursday on a hillside in the eastern city of Qingdao and was put out by more than 100 firefighters after two hours, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
It said the two rangers died after getting trapped by the blaze and a third one was hospitalized.
Two people were taken into police custody on suspicion of causing the fire, Xinhua said.
Chinese visiting their ancestors' tombs in early spring often burn incense, fake money and paper models of houses, cars and other goods in the belief their ancestors will be able to enjoy them in the afterlife. Tomb Sweeping Day, the traditional festival for visiting graves, falls on Monday this year.