A 63-year-old man was found dead in a home in Kameoka City on Saturday, after firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze there the night before more than 2 hours after it started. DNA analysis carried out Sunday confirmed the man to be Masao Sakai, a former member of the Kyoto police force, police said Monday.
Police said Sakai entered the home of his ex-wife's older sister just after 7.30 p.m. Friday and argued with them over financial matters. He had a tank on his back filled with oil, which he then sprayed in rooms and along the corridor of the two-storey wooden home before setting it alight.
The ensuing fire burned some 170 square meters in total before firefighters could put it out. Police are investigating the case as one of arson and attempted murder.
Masahito Nishimura, 59, and his wife Toyoko, 59, were severely burnt in the fire but are in a stable condition in hospital. Their eldest son's wife, 32, an d two grandchildren aged 9 and 4 were in the bath at the time but were able to escape the fire without injury. Their son was working Friday evening, police said.© News reports