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7 found dead after house fire in Fukushima Pref

Seven people were found dead Thursday after a fire at a wooden house in Ono, Fukushima Prefecture, local police said.
Firefighters received an emergency call at around 11:05 p.m. Wednesday about the fire, which was extinguished about an hour later.
A total of nine people including four children lived in the house owned by 61-year-old Tsuneyoshi Shiota. Two of the residents -- Shiota's 57-year-old wife and his son-in-law aged 33 -- have been confirmed to be safe.
Shiota's wife sustained minor injuries to both her hands.
The other residents were Shiota's mother, 81, daughter, 30, and four grandchildren aged between 3 and 8, according to the police.
The fire burned down the two-story house and an adjacent warehouse.
A neighbor said Shiota has limited mobility due to ongoing health issues.
Another neighbor said he noticed the fire after hearing a dog's barking. "When I looked outside, the home was in flames. I also heard two or three explosions," he said, adding, "The kids were still small."


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