A Japanese cupboard official stated on Sunday that victims of a hearth in a clinic that claimed 24 lives final week have been blocked from the one escape route, prompting an emergency inspection of comparable buildings.
In an act of suspected arson, a person entered a fourth-floor clinic within the western metropolis of Osaka carrying a bag of liquid that caught fireplace after he set it close to a heater and kicked it, in accordance with police.
“Based mostly on the harm, it’s thought that the fireplace broke out close to the steps, which was the one escape route,” Inside Affairs Minister Yasushi Kaneko informed reporters, citing an ongoing investigation.
Hearth departments throughout Japan have been directed to examine some 30,000 multi-storey industrial buildings which have just one staircase, he added.
The 61-year-old suspect was a affected person of the clinic and is in a important situation in hospital, public broadcaster NHK stated. The person’s title has been launched and printed in Japanese media, an uncommon step when there has not but been an arrest.
The hearth is amongst Japan’s deadliest in reminiscence, following an arson assault at an animation studio in Kyoto in 2019 that killed 36 individuals. A 2001 fireplace at a constructing in Tokyo’s Kabukicho leisure district killed 44 individuals.