Police said Tuesday that a mother and her two young children died when their house was destroyed by a fire late Monday night in Nagai City, Yamagata Prefecture.
According to police, the fire broke out in the wooden house, which also served as a store for watches and eyeglasses, just after 10 p.m., TV Asahi reported. The shop is owned by Kenichiro Shirai, 40, who sounded the alarm.
The three victims were on the second floor when the fire broke out, police said. It took firefighters about two hours to extinguish the blaze. The three victims were taken to hospital early Tuesday morning but were pronounced dead on arrival. They were identified as Shirai's wife, Asami, 36, their 6-year-old son Kenshin, and 4-year-old daughter Reina, TV Asahi reported.
Police said the family lived with Shirai's parents who managed to escape the blaze.© Japan Today