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Nearly 27 people feared dead after blaze at Japan clinic

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 At least 27 people were feared dead after a fire swept through a psychiatry clinic in the Japanese city of Osaka on Friday, and media said police were investigating suspected arson.
Some 27 people were in cardiopulmonary arrest, an official at Osaka’s city fire department told Reuters, the term used in Japan before a death is officially confirmed. Another person was injured, the official said. Nine people were confirmed dead at hospital.
Police were investigating suspected arson, including reports that a man started the fire in the building, Kyodo News said, citing people involved in the investigation.
An elderly man brought in a bag that leaked flammable liquid and was ignited, the Yomiuri newspaper said. He was believed to be a patient at the clinic, the Mainichi newspaper said.
The fire broke out shortly after the clinic opened for business at 10 a.m. (0100 GMT) and it was largely extinguished within 30 minutes, public broadcaster NHK reported. (Foreign Agencies)
Friday, December 17, 2021 – 12:20

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