7 die in 6 fires Sunday night, Monday morning


The Fire and Disaster Management Agency and police said Monday that seven people perished in house fires in six locations on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Fuji TV quoted officials as saying that one man died in a house fire in Asahikawa, Hokkaido; a couple died in a residential fire in Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture; one person died each in Kakogawa and Sayo, Hyogo Prefecture; in Isahaya, Nagasaki Prefecture, one man died; while a 74-year-old woman perished in a Tokyo house fire.

Police said that in all cases, the houses were old wooden structures.

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It seems that pretty much every single day on the news I hear about a house burning down somewhere. Arson aside, I don't understand how it can happen so frequently from what I can only assume is irresponsibility. A shame that so many people are losing their lives to something that can easily be avoided.

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Every time it takes a cold turn, this happens. people get their their heaters out of storage and start using them without cleaning them properly or getting them serviced. Add to that wooden housing, lots of cushions, quilts, kotatsu covers etc. and other flammable items, and you're a goner. This is quite a high number. Poor folk.

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