Fire Breaks Out at World Heritage Shurijo Castle in Okinawa

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Naha, Okinawa Pref., Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)--A fire broke out at the Shurijo castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Naha, the capital of the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa, in the small hours of Thursday.

There was a phone call around 2:40 a.m. (5:40 p.m. Wednesday GMT) reporting a fire around the Seiden main hall of the castle in the city's Shurikinjocho district.

According to Naha's fire department, the fire is raging at the Seiden building. With more than 10 fire trucks mobilized, firefighters are trying to extinguish the fire. There has been no report of injury.

The Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu, including the Shurijo site, were registered as a World Heritage site in 2000.

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