An unemployed 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after he set fire to an apartment in which he lived with his mother and 35-year-old brother in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward.
According to police, Kenji Kasuya set fire to the 7th-floor apartment in a 14-story building at around 2:50 p.m. Monday, Fuji TV reported. Police said he poured salad oil on the kitchen floor, placed manga over the floor and then ignited it.
It took firefighters about one hour to extinguish the fire which destroyed the 50-square-meter apartment. A woman in her 80s, who lives in the apartment on the floor directly below, suffered smoke inhalation. Kasuya suffered burns to both hands, police said.
Police said Kasuya has admitted to the charge and said he hadn’t been getting on with his older brother and his frustration and anger drove him to set fire to the apartment.
His brother, who was in his room when the fire started, got out safely, while the siblings’ mother was not home at the time.© Japan Today