• Kyodo


A fire broke out at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market early Wednesday, the police have said. The market was closed for a public holiday and no one was injured.

The Tokyo fire department received a call at around 3:50 a.m. reporting smoke coming from a facility housing parking lots and an auction hall. The fire burned around 640 square meters of the ground floor where auctions are held, the police said.

The market was due to be relocated to a nearby area in Toyosu, but the plan was postponed when Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike decided to delay the new market’s opening due in part to concerns about soil contamination.

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