Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama still raging four days on

Feb 20, 2017

Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama still raging four days on

Four days have passed since a fire broke out at a warehouse used by office supply vender Askul Corp. in Saitama Prefecture, but there are still no prospects for putting it out, firefighters said. The three-story warehouse spans 72,000 sq. meters of floor space ...

Evacuation order lifted as Wakayama refinery fire abates

Jan 23, 2017

Evacuation order lifted as Wakayama refinery fire abates

A fire at an oil refinery that forced nearby residents to evacuate Sunday in Wakayama Prefecture subsided early Monday, allowing local authorities to lift an evacuation order for some 3,000 residents shortly after 4 a.m. According to local police and fire departments, no injuries ...

Itoigawa holds annual monkfish festival one month after blaze

Jan 23, 2017

Itoigawa holds annual monkfish festival one month after blaze

Some 5,500 people joined an annual monkfish festival in Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture, on Sunday after a massive fire roared through city one month ago. The festival’s organizer once considered canceling the event, but decided to hold it to cheer up residents, an official of ...

Jan 13, 2017

Nippon Steel asks rivals to supplement production after fire

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. has asked rival makers to help produce steel products as its plant in western Japan remains offline after a fire there last week, a company official said Friday. In addition to drawing on its existing stock and alternative ...

Lima mall blaze claims four near APEC venue

Nov 17, 2016

Lima mall blaze claims four near APEC venue

At least four people died Wednesday in a fire that broke out in a shopping mall steps away from a Lima luxury hotel where some APEC Asia-Pacific trade summit delegations were expected to stay, officials said. Four bodies — two men and two women ...