- 27 people are supposed to have died in a fire in downtown Osaka, Japan.
- According to public broadcaster NHK, police are looking into whether the fire was started on purpose.
They’re investigating claims that a man spilled the liquid that started the fire. According to reports, the victims died as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest, a term that is frequently habituated in preliminary reports before death is officially confirmed. Footage showed blackened windows after dozens of firefighters extinguished the fire on the fourth floor.
All those believed to be dead were started in a psychiatric clinic on the 4th floor of the building, discovered in a busy commercial and entertainment district. According to Kyodo News, a man in his 50s or 60s was seen carrying a bag of liquid into the building before knocking it over near a heater, spilling the liquid, and starting the fire.
According to NHK, the man was rushed to the hospital and is in critical condition. On Friday, emergency services were contacted just after 10:00 a.m. local time (01:00 a.m. GMT).
“There was a lot of dark smoke and a heavy scent,” one eyewitness told NHK. Another witness claimed to have seen a woman yelling for aid inside the building.
“I noticed orange flames when I peeked out the fourth-floor window,” she told Kyodo News. “A woman was waving her hands for help from the sixth story.”
Some people were evacuated from the building using ladders by firefighters. The incident was successfully doused within half an hour after it burned across an area of around 20 sq m, according to the local fire service (215 sq ft).
There has been no damage to other building floors or any nearby buildings. In one of Japan’s deadliest mass-casualty episodes since World War II, a man set fire to a movie studio in Kyoto, died 36 people.
Source: BBC News
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