Man arrested over fire that killed 2 people in apartment building for homeless people


Police in Kita-Hiroshima, Hokkaido, have arrested a 67-year-old man on suspicion of murder after the two-floor apartment building for homeless people, in which he lived, was set on fire, killing two people.

According to police, the fire occurred at around 5:30 a.m. on Friday. NHK quoted police as saying that the suspect, Masami Ogino, has admitted to arson and that he set fire to his room on the second floor by pouring kerosene on the floor and igniting it.

Police said Ogino told them that he wanted to kill the manager of the building which is run by a non-profit organization. The facility houses 14 tenants who are homeless or cannot afford to pay much rent elsewhere. The manager also lives there.

The victims were a man, believed to be the manager, and a woman. Their names haven’t been released yet. Both lived in rooms on the second floor.

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Masami Orgino should not be punished by burning. He should be punished by imprisonment in a small cell next to a furnace in the company of the ashes of his two victims who lived on the second floor before he burned them to death with a fire he set in the building.

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How sad, some people are so heartless and mean that they are willing to kill for nothing.

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We know nothing of the mental health of the attacker. Tragic and sad when someone helping others is brutally murdered.

Will not be homeless anymore.

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I feel sorry for the two murder victims and also others who have to live with this facility in their area.

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Is there a more horrible death than being burned ?

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