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A fire burned seven houses and shops and left three people missing Sunday night amid strong winds near a traditional hot springs resort in Oita Prefecture.

According to police and the local fire department, five structures burned down completely and two others were damaged after the fire broke out at 7:15 p.m. in the city of Beppu. It was extinguished at 11 p.m., but authorities were unable to contact two men and one woman.

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