Two people died and six others were injured in a fire that destroyed four floors of an apartment building in Tokyo's Koto Ward early Friday.
According to police and firefighters, the fire started at around 1 a.m. in the 5-story building in Toyo. TV Asahi reported that neighbors heard an explosion and saw a flash of blue flame and heavy black smoke coming from the 2nd floor.
Police said 41 fire engines were mobilized to fight the fire which took about 3 1/2 hours to extinguish.
Eight residents of the building were taken to hospital. Yuya Kawamura, 22, a student, and company employee Shotaro Date, 22, who both lived on the 4th floor, were pronounced dead on arrival.© Japan Today