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33 dead after man sets fire at anime studio Kyoto Animation, Japan authorities say  1 Month ago

Source:   USA Today  

A Japanese fire official says the death toll from a Kyoto animation studio fire is now 33 and nobody else is believed to be still missing.

Kyoto fire department official Kazuhiro Hayashi says 36 others have been injured, 10 of them critically.

Kyoto prefectural police say the fire broke out Thursday morning at a three-story building of Kyoto Animation after a man burst in and spread unidentified liquid that set off the blaze. Japanese media reports said the suspect may have set the fire at the front door, forcing people to try to find other exits and slowing their escape. He is among those injured and being treated in a hospital.

Hideaki Hatta, head of Kyoto Animation, told reporters the company had gotten threats by emails in the past but responded “sincerely” each time.

Hatta asked, “Why on earth did such violence have to be used?”

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also mourned for the victims. Abe tweeted: “I express my condolences to the people who were killed, and pray for the earliest possible recovery of those who were injured.”

Abe, in his tweet Thursday, said he was speechless at the horrendous scene of the building that gutted out by the explosion and fire.

Hayashi says firefighters found the largest number of victims on the top floor of the three-story building, including some who had collapsed on the stairs leading to the roof. Two of the dead were found on the first floor, 11 on the second and 20 on the third floor.

The outcome makes the case the deadliest fire since a 2001 fire that killed 44 in Tokyo’s Kabukicho entertainment district.

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