Police arrest five in connection with blaze

NOVI SAD, Yugoslavia, Apr 8, 2000 -- (Reuters) Police in northern Serbia arrested five people on Friday in connection with a fire that gutted the top six floors of a building housing private media, killing at least one person.

In its first statement a day after the fire swept through the top floors of the 13-storey Open University building, police said "there is a reasonable suspicion that they (the five) committed serious breach of public safety".

The five included Open University director Svetlana Beljanski, Duga Television director Dusan Moraca, two workers and the duty fireman.

The statement said police were still investigating the cause of the fire in which seven people were also injured late on Thursday in the center of Novi Sad, the capital of Serbia's northern Vojvodina province.

Firemen found a body believed to be that of a woman following the blaze.

Biljana Mitrovic, the chief editor of Duga TV, where the fire apparently broke out, told Reuters that Milica Prostran, a marketing producer, was still missing.

The top floors housed the offices of independent radio 021, two private television stations and the correspondents for Montenegrin television and the independent daily Danas.

The 021 radio was back on air late on Thursday after local Globus radio from Serbia's central town of Uzice donated equipment.

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