Oct 26, 2014

Church blaze kills four in Ishikawa Prefecture

Four members of the same family, including two young children, died in a fire that broke out early Sunday at a church in Ishikawa Prefecture. The four victims are believed to be Ayako Takabuchi, 37, her two sons, aged 2 and 4, and her ...

Pair missing after fishing boat catches fire

Aug 19, 2014

Pair missing after fishing boat catches fire

A fire broke out Monday night on a fishing boat about 20 km off the coast of Otsuchi Bay, Iwate Prefecture, and two members of the crew are missing. One of the other 14 rescued members was injured. The Japan Coast Guard is searching ...

Explosion rocks tanker off Himeji; one missing

May 29, 2014

Explosion rocks tanker off Himeji; one missing

Four members of a tanker were seriously burned Thursday morning after their vessel was damaged by an explosion and fire off Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, the Japan Coast Guard and Himeji Fire Department said. Among the eight people on board, seven had been rescued and ...

Firemen make headway against 2-day-old blaze

May 14, 2014

Firemen make headway against 2-day-old blaze

Firefighters on Wednesday battled a magnesium fire for a second day at a metalworking factory in Machida, western Tokyo. Held back by the intense heat from the burning magnesium, they couldn’t enter Shibata Tekuramu Co.’s Machida plant until Wednesday morning. The blaze was under ...

Heater blamed for fire in ancient Chinese town

Jan 18, 2014

Heater blamed for fire in ancient Chinese town

Chinese authorities have detained a guesthouse operator whose unattended heater allegedly sparked a fire that burned for nearly 10 hours and destroyed an ancient Tibetan town in southern China, the official Xinhua News Agency said. More than 2,000 firefighters, soldiers, police, local officials and ...

Fires thrive along with exports of scrap

| Dec 6, 2013

Fires thrive along with exports of scrap

Firefighters and the Japan Coast Guard have been plagued with a growing number of blazes breaking out among piles of mixed scrap in harbors and on board ships, with the most recent one occurring in Mikawa port in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture. Exports of items ...