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AOMORI (Kyodo) Two toddlers who died in a fire in an apartment building in the northeastern city of Aomori on Saturday evening had been left alone at home, police said Sunday.

Shunichi Osanai, a 34-year-old company employee, reported after 10 p.m. Saturday that the fire had broken out at his home while he and his wife were out, leaving their sons Yuto, 3, and Shota, 2, by themselves between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., the police said.

The police said they are investigating the cause of the fire.

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