Morocco factory owner, manager detained after fire kills 55

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By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU

Associated Press Writer

CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) -- Police have detained the owner and manager of a Moroccan mattress factory that went up in flames, killing 55 people.

A senior police official says that the owner and his son, the manager, are being questioned about poor security at the factory.

Workers and some rescue officials say that some doors were blocked during the blaze on Saturday.

The police official at Hay Hassani, the district where the factory was located, spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press about the fire.

He says the two men are being questioned but that he has no other details.