One Dead, At Least 35 Injured In Kyoto Fire

One dead, at least 35 injured in Kyoto fire

Police in the city of Kyoto, western Japan, say investigations have confirmed multiple deaths in a fire at an animation studio.

Neighbors reported the fire at Kyoto Animation's studio at around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. They say they heard what sounded like an explosion, after which they saw smoke.

Fire authorities say one person has been confirmed dead at the scene and that at least 35 people are injured, with about 10 of them unconscious.

Police say a man poured what appeared to be gasoline around the studio.

They say they believe the suspect is a 41-year-old man, based on a driving license he was carrying, and that he is being treated for his injuries at a hospital.

The man reportedly admitted as he was being taken to hospital that he spread the liquid around before setting it on fire.

More than 30 fire engines have been deployed to the scene. Firefighters were still working to put the blaze out as of 12:30 p.m.

Kyoto Animation's website says the company is based in Uji City and was founded in 1981. It produces animations, sells related goods and trains animators.