Japan: At least 27 feared dead in Osaka building fire

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At least 27 people are feared to have died after a fire broke out in a building in downtown Osaka, Japan. Police are investigating whether the blaze was started deliberately, public broadcaster NHK said. They are investigating reports that a man spilled liquid that started the fire. The victims suffered cardiopulmonary arrest, a term often used in preliminary reports before a death is officially confirmed, reports say. Footage showed blackened windows after dozens of firefighters extinguished the blaze on the fourth floor. All of those feared dead were reportedly in a psychiatric clinic on the fourth floor of the building, located in a busy commercial and entertainment district. A man who appeared to be in his 50s or 60s was seen carrying a bag of liquid into the building, before knocking it over near a heater, spilling the liquid and starting the fire, Kyodo News reported.(BBC)…[+]