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At least 27 feared dead in Japan's Osaka building fire
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The Xinhua reported Japanese firefighters said, twenty-seven people were feared dead after a fire broke out in a building in Japan's Osaka prefecture on Friday.

It said that the fire started on the fourth floor of the six-story multi-tenant building located near JR Osaka Station, according to the local fire department, which received a report of fire at around 10:20 a.m. local time.

About 70 fire engines were sent to the scene, and the fire was extinguished by around 10:45 a.m. local time after burning across an area of approximately 20 square meters for about 30 minutes.


A total of 28 people were injured, and 27 of them were in cardiopulmonary arrest. So far, 23 people have been transported to the hospital.

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It was reported that the fire started within a medical clinic which provides psychosomatic and psychiatric treatments on the fourth floor.

The Osaka police have begun investigating what might start the fire since there was a suspicion of arson due to the situation at the scene.

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A witness working at a nearby restaurant said: "I saw smoke coming out and there were a lot of fire trucks and ambulances. People were being rescued by a ladder truck. At one point, there was a power outage in the surrounding area."

Source: xinhua