Elderly man, two grandchildren perish in Yamagata fire


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.

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This fire raged for 3 hours and wasnt brought under control by the sound of it , seems to have burnt the property to the ground.

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Very sad. RIP. My guess is there was an old-school infrared 'stove' or kerosene stove that was too close to something else.

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Rest in Peace to them all. Just awfully depressing news.

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Both parents survived and the rest died, something isn't right.

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i learned the stove is dangerous.

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WHY the heck does this "story" not include the CAUSE of the fire?

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Because it hasn't been determined yet.

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Stories like these is extremely sad and depressing to hear about. Unfortunately so many people perish from fires at home. Please always double check on things before sleeping at night and remove stuff that may be deemed to dangerous from the home, it's just not worth the risk. Sad and tragic for this family. RIP to those that died.

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Eight fire engines, my goodness. how big was the house?

Terribly sad news.

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T__T so sad!! RIP

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