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Thursday, 01 February 2018 - 16:23
Fire kills 11 welfare recipients in Japan
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A fire engulfed a group home for welfare recipients in northern Japan, killing 11 people and injuring three, police and fire officials said.

The Fire Department officials said the residents were in their 40s to 80s, though most were elderly.

The fire broke out before midnight yesterday in Sapporo, the main city on the northern island of Hokkaido.

Five residents were rescued and three of them were being treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Police so far identified the 11 victims only as eight men and three women.

Footage on public broadcaster NHK showed flames and smoke pouring out the building as firefighters battled the blaze.
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