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Oct 6, 2017

6 killed in apartment fire in eastern Japan, man surrenders to police



MITO, Japan - Six people died after a fire engulfed an apartment in eastern Japan early Friday morning, with a man who claimed to have deliberately started the blaze handing himself in to police.


The fire was extinguished around 5:50 a.m. about an hour after it started at the three-story building in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture. While the bodies of four men and a woman were found at the site, another woman was confirmed dead after being taken to a hospital, firefighters said.


Six people -- a woman and five children -- have not been contacted since the fire. They were living in the room where the fire started, the police said.


The man in his 30s handed himself in at a police station in Hitachi, saying, "I set fire to my house," according to the police.


© KYODO

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