Fourteen women died and one was injured in a suspected arson attack at a textile plant in the southeastern Chinese city of Shantou, the state-run media reported Wednesday.

The fire broke out at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the plant in that city's Chaonan district and firefighters needed a half hour to extinguish it.

A man suspected of setting the blaze and locking the factory doors to prevent people inside from escaping has been arrested, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported, citing authorities.

The man allegedly started the blaze because he was angered over unpaid wages, the paper said.

The one injured worker is being treated at a hospital in Shantou, a city in the Pearl River Delta industrial belt.

Earlier Tuesday in Shantou, four people were injured when a military plane - a Chengdu J-7 interceptor - crashed into a group of homes and triggered a fire. The pilot managed to parachute to safety. EFE