The body of an elderly man was found in the toilet of his apartment on Monday after emergency services were called to an apartment block in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, when a neighbor noticed smoke coming from the first floor apartment.
When fire fighters arrived on the scene, they found the fire was emanating from the toilet, inside which they discovered the man's body. Police have identified the deceased as Yasutaka Ohisa, 76.
Alongside Ohisa, who was found sitting on the floor, were an electric heater and an electric cooking stove, both of which were plugged in. Police are continuing to investigate the cause of death and the source of the fire, although they believe Ohisa may have died of natural causes.© Compiled from news reports