Police and firefighters discovered five bodies at an apartment in Hitachi City some 100 km north of Tokyo after the blaze was extinguished in the early hours of Friday, (Oct 6th) A child found in critical condition later died in hospital. A man in his 30s is assisting police with their inquiries. He is believed to be the father of the five children.
Firefighters arriving at the scene extinguished the blaze, which started in the kitchen and found the bodies of the woman and four children inside. Another child was rushed to a hospital in a state of cardiac arrest. The fire broke out inside the unit, located on the ground floor of a three-floor concrete structure in the town of Tajiricho.