Electrical System Glitch Suspected as Cause of Shuri Castle Fire

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Naha, Okinawa Pref., Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--The fire department of Naha increasingly suspects that an electrical system glitch caused the fire that severely damaged Shuri Castle in the capital of the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa a week ago.

At a press conference on Thursday, the municipal fire department said melt marks have been found in more than several dozen sections of wires connected to a power distribution board on the northern side of the castle's Seiden main hall, where the fire is believed to have started.

The fire department is looking at the possibility that the melt marks were the result of a short circuit.

While fire and police authorities are gradually figuring out the extent of damage from the fire, reconstruction of the celebrated castle remains nowhere in sight.

The fire burned down seven buildings at Shuri Castle, including Seiden, which were rebuilt in 1992 at the total cost of some 7.3 billion yen, and destroyed some 400 stored items including art works.

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