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A problem with electrical equipment in the main hall might have caused the fire last week that destroyed Shuri Castle, a symbol of Okinawa located at a UNESCO World Heritage site, according to an announcement made by the fire department of Naha, Okinawa Prefecture on Wednesday.

A surveillance camera captured flashing light in the interior of the burned-down Seiden main hall’s northeastern side on the castle’s first floor shortly before and after the fire started at around 2:34 a.m. on Thursday, separate sources familiar with the situation said.

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