4 Die in Fire at Kobe Apartment

Society

Kobe, Jan. 22 (Jiji Press)--Four men aged between 77 and 86 died in a fire at an apartment in Kobe, western Japan, in the small hours of Sunday.

The fire burned a total of 26 square meters on the first and second floors of the apartment with a total floor space of 300 square meters, according to local police and fire authorities.

Four other men were rushed to hospital, and three of them, in their 60s to 70s, were in critical condition. The remaining one, in his 40s, restored consciousness, but he was severely injured.

The police and the fire authorities said that there was an emergency call around 1:35 a.m. (4:35 p.m. Saturday GMT) reporting that black smoke was rising from the three-story apartment.

The fire, put out about three hours later, is believed to have started on the first floor, where the four dead victims were found.

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