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OSAKA (Kyodo) Four people were found dead in the rubble of a fire-gutted home in the city of Osaka early Monday, police said.

They are believed to be veterinarian Takashi Nakatani, 54; his wife, Naoko, 49; their son, Masaru, 22; and Nakatani’s mother-in-law, Kazuko Shibata, 81, the police said.

Two of the bodies were found on the second floor. The other two were confirmed dead at a hospital.

Nakatani’s daughter, Konomi, 20, escaped the house with a minor injury.

Pair found slain

Two women were found dead Monday morning in a condominium in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, after police received a call from a young man who said he had killed one of his parents.

The victims are thought to be Sumie Abe, 48, and her daughter, Hitomi, 19, both of whom were apparently strangled, according to the police.

They launched a search for Abe’s missing 27-year-old son.

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