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Fire near Tsukiji fish market extinguished after 15-hour battle; no injuries reported

Kyodo

A 15-hour blaze in a building adjacent to the Tsukiji fish market was extinguished Friday morning after damaging five stores inside, but no injuries were reported, Tokyo firefighters said.

The fire damaged roughly 935 sq. meters of the three-story building, which started at around 4:50 p.m. Thursday.

The Tokyo Fire Department mobilized around 60 fire engines to battle the blaze. One firefighter complained of ill health but was probably suffering from heat exhaustion.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. suspended power in the vicinity at the request of the Tokyo Fire Department, cutting electricity to about 200 houses.

The Tsukiji wholesale market, a popular tourist attraction, was established in 1935. The surrounding area is home to some 400 stores, including sushi restaurants and other sellers of vegetables and marine products.

The market is scheduled to move to the adjacent Toyosu district, a polluted site that once hosted a gas production plant.