Hospital fire kills 10 in Japan-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
TOKYO -- A fire broke out at a hospital in southern Japan early Friday, killing 10 people and injuring eight others, the police and fire department said.
Fukuoka prefectural police said the fire started at the ground floor of the four-story building of a orthopedic hospital.
The fire occured when the patients were sleeping.
Police said eight of the dead were patients while the remaining two were hospital staff.
A fire department official, in a televised news conference, said there was no sign of initial fire extinguishing effort at the hospital.
He said fire proof doors on the second and third floors were not properly used.
The cause is still under investigation. (AP)