Most of the 44 people who died from a fire in a building in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward at the weekend are believed to have died less than two minutes after inhaling carbon monoxide or hydrocyanic acid gas, investigators said Tuesday.

Firefighters found 16 bodies in a video mah-jongg game parlor on the third floor, where the fire is believed to have started, and a further 28 in a hostess bar on the fourth floor of the Myojo 56 Building in the Kabukicho entertainment district early Saturday.

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