July 18, 2019 / 8:24 AM / 2 months ago

Japan PM Abe: Kyoto fire incident 'too appalling for words'

An aerial view shows firefighters battling fires at the site where a man started a fire after spraying a liquid at a three-story studio of Kyoto Animation Co. in Kyoto, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo, July 18, 2019. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - A fire caused by suspected arson in the Japanese city of Kyoto on Thursday was “too appalling for” words, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Twitter, offering condolences to the victims.

At least 13 people were feared dead and dozens more either unconscious, hurt or missing in a suspected case of arson at an animation studio in Kyoto, the fire department said.

Reporting by Linda Sieg; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Robert Birsel

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