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Japanese animation fire: 13 fatalities suspected of alleged arson attack



The Kyoto Fire Department confirmed that one person died and 12 people were found with "no sign of life" in the Kyoto Animation Co. building. In Japan, deaths must be confirmed by a doctor before they are officially announced.

Kyoto police said a man doused and set fire to the studio of Kyoto Animation with apparently gasoline. The suspect, who was described by the police as over 40 years old, was taken into custody.

Firefighters said they had injured 38 other people, ten of whom were considered serious.

The fire broke out on Thursday (9:30 pm CET) around 10:30 am local time, and police reported a local resident had sent a noise like a studio explosion to the scene and are currently trying to control the fire to get.

  In this aerial photograph, on July 1[ads1]8, 2019, in Kyoto, Japan, a fire breaks out in a Kyoto Animation Co. studio.

The footage of the scene shows thick smoke rising from the four-story building as firefighters work to extinguish the flames.

Founded in 1981, Kyoto Animation, headquartered in Uji, Kyoto's Southern Prefecture, produces animation and, according to its website, publishes anime novels, comics, and books. Among the most famous works of the studio is the manga series "K-On!" and the anime TV adaptation of "Haruhi Suzumiya".

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