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27 people feared dead in building fire in Osaka

27 people feared dead in building fire in Osaka
Twenty-seven people are feared dead after a fire broke out in a building in Osaka in western Japan, fire department officials say

Twenty-seven people are feared dead after a fire broke out in a building in Osaka in western 日本 fire department officials said Friday.

The fire started on the fourth floor of an eight-story building in a shopping and entertainment area of Kitashinchi, Osaka city fire department official Akira Kishimoto said.

Twenty-eight people were affected, 27 of whom were found in a state of cardiac arrest, Kishimoto said. これまでのところ 23 people have been taken to nearby hospitals, 彼は言った.

The building houses an internal medicine clinic, NS 英語 language school and other businesses, 日本放送協会 national television said.

The cause of the fire and other details were not immediately known. NHK said Osaka police are investigating the case as a possible arson.

on other floors of the building were believed to have been evacuated, Kishimoto said.

NHK footage showed dozens of fire engines and police vehicles on the street near the building, with onlookers watching the development from across the street.

全部で, 70 fire engines were mobilized to fight the fire, which was mostly extinguished within about 30 minutes of an emergency call, 当局者は言った.