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7 die in overnight fires in Niigata, Aomori prefectures

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Wow I stayed in house like that, with potentially sixteen others, there was a rope ladder you could throw from the window at the top of the stairs, there were forty four little fans, and two fire extinguishers, but at least smoking wasn't allowed.

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I'm curious how many house fires there were in total over the same time period... are house fires in Japan more likely to be fatal, and by how much, than in countries where smoke detectors are more commonly used?

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I'm curious how many house fires there were in total over the same time period... are house fires in Japan more likely to be fatal, and by how much, than in countries where smoke detectors are more commonly used?

Its not that house fires are necessarily more fatal to do lack of smoke detectors, as most new houses built have them installed, however older buildings tend to lack them. The more pressing issue though is the use of quite flammable building materials and lack of insulation and central heating. This means that people, especially in Northern Japan and areas with heavy snowfall tend to use kerosene heaters in their homes and when people aren't paying attention these heaters can sometimes fall over, or things are put too close to them.

Should a fire actually happen in a Japanese home built anywhere before 2010, it's likely to consume the entire thing relatively quickly.

I live in the Tohoku region and the winter always sees a sky rocket in house fires...

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Had a house burn down this afternoon less than 150 meters away.

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