Tokyo, Oct 6: Six people, including five children, died after a fire engulfed an apartment in eastern Japan early Friday morning, with a man who claimed to have deliberately started the blaze handing himself in to police.
The fire engulfed a three-story building in Hitachi. It started at around 4.50 a.m. and took almost an hour to be extinguished.
The blaze was started by a 32-year-old man who surrendered himself to the police. He claimed that he deliberately started the fire, Xinhua news agency reported.
“I set fire to my house,” a police official quoted the man as saying. He, too, was injured in the blaze. “My wife and five children were in my house,” he told the police.
Those killed in the blaze were a woman, four boys aged three to six, and an 11-year-old girl. The bodies were found in a room on the first floor of the apartment.