• Kyodo


A woman and her three children were killed in a fire that gutted their two-story home and Japanese sweet shop in Omi-Hachiman, Shiga Prefecture, shortly after midnight Thursday, police said Friday.

Police identified the victims of the 12:10 a.m. blaze as Masako Ogawa, 35; her 6-year-old son, Yoshitaka; 4-year-old daughter Mai; and 3-month-old daughter Maho.

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