At Least 16 Dead In Suspected Arson In Kyoto


At least 16 dead in suspected arson in Kyoto

Police say at least 16 people have died in a suspected arson attack in Kyoto. Dozens more are injured and some others are without vital signs.

The fire broke out around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the studio of Kyoto Animation. It took firefighters nearly five hours to extinguish the blaze. Officials say about 70 people were in the building at the time of the fire.

Police say one suspect, believed to be in his 40s, has been taken into custody.

NHK has just obtained footage of the suspect being apprehended. He is now being treated at a nearby hospital.

The man was reportedly seen pouring a flammable liquid inside the building before it went up in flames. Witnesses also say he was heard yelling "die" in Japanese.

Kyoto Animation is a well-known studio among anime fans. It was founded in 1981 and has produced popular animation shows such as "K-On" and "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya."