A 4-year-old girl died in a house fire in Oizumi town, Gunma Prefecture, on Monday night, police said Tuesday.
The fire broke out on the 2nd floor of a wooden house around 9 p.m. A passerby called 119 and firefighters battled the blaze for about 90 minutes before finally putting it out, TV Asahi said.
Police said the house belonged to Takayasu Koyama, 35, who lived there with his wife and two children. Koyama and his wife were at work and their daughter and 7-year-old son were home by themselves at the time of the fire, TV Asahi quoted police as saying.
The boy managed to escape from the fire, but the body of the girl was found in her bedroom, police said. Firefighters have not yet determined the cause of the fire, TV Asahi reported.© Japan Today