A person threw a gasoline-like liquid at Kyoto Animation’s building

At least 24 people have died in Japan due to an arson attack at animation studios in the city of Kyoto (Japan), police sources informed local media. The sources said that when the emergency teams entered the building they found the bodies of ten people scattered on the ground. The local Japan Times, however, said at least one person had died and about 40 had been injured.

The fire broke out when an unidentified 41-year-old subject entered Kyoto Animation studies and threw a flammable liquid for an unknown reason. NHK broadcast images showing flames coming out of one window and smoke from another, while firefighters try to fight the fire in the three-story building. Inside the building were about 70 people. Sources from the Kyoto firefighters told that a total of 37 people were transferred to various hospitals from the scene, but only confirmed the death of one of them, although they said that among the 36 wounded there were ten in serious condition.

The alleged perpetrator has been placed in hospital custody, awaiting interrogation by the Kyoto police. About 40 fire trucks had to go to the scene to extinguish the flames.

Kyoto Animation, with some 160 employees, was created in 1981 and produces film and anime programmes for television. His productions include the series “K-ON!” and “The melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”.

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