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Firefighters try to put out a fire early Thursday that killed two small children at an apartment in Tokyo’s Minato Ward.
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The victims’ mother, Kumiko Yamamoto, 32, was out when the fire broke out at around 11:25 p.m. and the children were rescued from the apartment by firefighters.
However, two of the girls, Kaho, 7, and Moyu, 5, died later of burns to their entire bodies, while Yamamoto’s oldest daughter, 12, and son, 10, are being treated in a hospital for smoke inhalation, the officials said, without naming the two survivors.
The fire appears to have started in the apartment and there were no signs of arson, police said. The fire destroyed about 60 sq. meters of the apartment.
According to neighbors, the surviving daughter and son told them the fire broke out while they were asleep, and they couldn’t open the door.
Neighbors said the two older children took good care of their younger sisters until their mother came home from work, usually around 9 p.m.
Two other residents on the same floor of the building complained of sore throats, the firefighters said.
The reinforced-concrete building has nine floors and one basement level. It is located across the street from the residence of Prince Takamatsu, an uncle of Emperor Akihito.
Fukushima fire
FUKUSHIMA – A fire broke out early Thursday morning at a home in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, and the bodies of two men and a woman were found in the rubble, police and firefighters said.

The fire, which started around 5 a.m., gutted the living room on the first floor of the two-story house. Homeowner, 63-year-old Mikio Suzuki, his wife and a son are unaccounted for.

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