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Five workers have died and one person remained missing after a blaze at a rice cracker factory in Niigata Prefecture, police said Saturday, with firefighters working throughout the night and into the morning to extinguish the inferno.

Around 30 people were on-site when the fire broke out at the facility in the northern city of Murakami around midnight, local media reported. The cause of the fire was unclear.

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