An elderly man and his two grandchildren died in a house fire in Yamagata early Saturday morning, police said.
The fire is believed to have broken out at around 2:30 a.m. at a house belonging to Shoichi Ito. Eight fire engines arrived to fight the blaze, eventually bringing it under control at around 5:30 a.m. Police say the house was entirely destroyed, TV Asahi reported.
According to police, Ito, 78, shared the two-story house with his son, his daugher-in-law and their two children, a junior high school-aged girl, Arisa Ito, 14, and her younger brother, Yuta, 10.
Police said Ito's son, Yasuaki, and daughter-in-law Tomoko, sustained burns in the blaze and were taken to hospital for treatment, and are in a stable condition. Firefighters found the body's of Ito and the two children around 7:30 a.m., TV Asahi reported.© Japan Today