4 people perish in fires in Kagoshima, Okayama


Four people died in house fires in Kagoshima and Okayama prefectures early Sunday.

According to police and firefighters, flames were seen coming from the wooden home of Tomi Narita, 86, in Kagoshima at around 6 a.m. The fire destroyed the two-story house and the neighboring house as well, NTV reported.

The fire was extinguished after about one hour. Police said the remains of two people were found and later identified the victims as Narita and her 60-year-old son Kazuhiro.

Meanwhile, in Okayama, an 83-year-old man and his 86-year-old wife died when the house they shared with their daughter and son-in-law was destroyed by a fire that started late Saturday night.

The blaze was extinguished early Sunday morning. The victims' daughter and son-in-law were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, but are in a stable condition.

There has been a spate of residential fires throughout Japan this winter, involving old wooden domiciles.

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