Three members of a family died after their house was destroyed by a fire in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, on Wednesday night.
According to police, a neighbor called 119 after seeing flames and smoke coming from the two-story wooden house at around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Fuji TV reported.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze after about 3 1/2 hours but the 140-square-meter house was destroyed. The remains of three bodies were found amid the ruins. They have been identified as Hiramitsu Shima, 82, his wife Shizuko, 82, and their 60-year-old son Koichi.
Investigators said they have not yet determined how the fire started.© Japan Today