An aerial view shows firefighters battling fires at a three-story studio of Kyoto Animation Co. in Kyoto, western Japan, July 18, 2019.
TOKYO - A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation production studio in Kyoto, Japan, and set it on fire early Thursday, authorities said, killing 13 people and leaving at least 10 more presumed dead.
Kyoto fire department official Kazuhiro Hayashi says 36 others have been injured, some of them critically. Most were workers at Kyoto Animation, known for mega-hit stories featuring high school girls.
The fire broke out in the three-story Kyoto Animation building in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, after the suspect sprayed an unidentified liquid to accelerate the blaze, Kyoto prefectural police and fire department officials said.
Hayashi said firefighters found 13 people dead on the first and second floors, and later found more than 10 people presumed dead on the top floor of a three-story building. Firefighters were still searching inside the building in case anyone else was left behind, he added.
The suspect was also injured and taken to a hospital, officials said. Police are investigating the man on suspicion of arson.
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