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Some 20 construction workers were trapped underground for a short time Friday after a small fire started at a construction site in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, and nine of them suffered light injuries.

The fire started on the second basement floor of a 19-story office building now under construction at around 2:45 p.m. Although most of the 200 workers in the entire building were soon evacuated, 21 remained trapped underground, police said.

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