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Suspect arrested over fire that engulfed Tokyo's historic Golden Gai area

Kyodo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department on Wednesday arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with a fire in Tokyo’s historic Golden Gai entertainment area that left a woman injured.

Hiroshi Haruna, described by police as unemployed and having no fixed address, was arrested on suspicion of trespassing in the building where the fire broke out early Tuesday afternoon, just before the fire erupted in Shinjuku Ward’s Kabukicho district, police said.

According to authorities, the man has owned up to the charges and police are investigating his role in the fire.

Police had been searching for a man who was caught on tape by a nearby security camera entering and leaving a door that leads to the second floor of the building where the fire broke out. Haruna’s clothing resembled that of the man captured in the footage.

Police believe Haruna entered the building at around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, just 10 minutes before the fire started in a second floor store that was under renovation.

According to police, four workers had been working on the second floor renovations from around 10 a.m., with all leaving the building — without locking the door — by around 12:30 p.m. The fire, which left three destroyed, broke out at around 1:30 p.m.