Japanese Shopping District Arson Attack Kills 27

At least twenty-seven people were feared dead after a fire broke out on Friday morning at a psychiatry clinic on the fourth floor of an eight-story building in the Japanese city of Osaka.

According to an official at the city’s fire department, 27 people were in cardiopulmonary arrest, a term used in Japan before death is officially confirmed, while one person was injured.

Police suspected arson after reports that a man had started the fire in the building in a busy shopping district.

Local media reported that an elderly man believed to be a patient at the clinic brought a bag into the building that leaked flammable liquid. 

The fire department said it deployed seventy-five fire trucks at the scene and brought the fire under control after about 30 minutes.

Last year, a similar incident killed 36 people at a Kyoto animation studio, the country’s deadliest violent crime in decades.


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