13 people are believed to have died in a suspected arson attack at an animation company in the Japanese city of Kyoto on Thursday, a fire department official told AFP. A man burst into an animation production studio in Kyoto and set it on fire early Thursday, killing 1 person, leaving 12 others presumed dead and a dozen possibly trapped inside.
The 12 victims were found after the fire department confirmed a first death in the blaze, bringing the apparent toll in the fire to 13, with many others wounded.
Kyoto police said that a man poured what appeared to be gasoline around the Kyoto Animation studio and set it on fire. The suspect, described by police as being in his 40s, has been taken into custody.
Officials said that the suspect was also injured and taken to a hospital. Police are investigating the man on suspicion of arson.
The fire broke out at about 10:30 a.m local time on Thursday (9:30 p.m.ET) and police said a resident reported hearing a sound like an explosion coming from the studio.
More than 70 people were in the building at the time of the fire. Many of them ran outside, but about 30 people still could not be reached, Told by Fire department officials.