Police said Monday they found a station wagon gutted by fire in the parking lot of a grocery store in Shibata City, Miyagi Prefecture. Police said they believe the accident, which occurred around 5 p.m. on Sunday, was caused by children playing with a lighter inside the vehicle.
The car, belonging to a family of four, was parked in the lot with the children, 1 and 3, inside, while the children's parents were shopping. The father, 37, told police he noticed the fire from within the grocery store and rushed to pull the children to safety.
The mother, 29, suffered minor injuries to her hand when she attempted to put the fire out, but no other injuries were reported.© News reports