On-Site Probe Conducted at Fire-Hit Shurijo in Okinawa

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Naha, Okinawa Pref., Nov. 1 (Jiji Press)--A day after a fire ravaged Shurijo, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, police and firefighters started an on-the-spot investigation on Friday to find out the cause of the blaze.

The city fire department also inspected cultural properties stored at the castle.

The fire, which apparently started at the wooden Seiden main hall, spread to the adjacent concrete Hokuden and Nanden halls, possibly due to thermal radiation, fire department sources said.

Wooden structures emit thermal radiation of very high temperatures when burned, according to the sources.

During the efforts to put out the fire, a firefighter was taken to hospital due to heatstroke.

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