A suspected arson attack on an animation studio in the Japanese city of Kyoto has resulted in at least 13 deaths, while 38 others were injured.
The reports indicate that an unidentified man in his 40s burst into the building owned by Kyoto Animation Co (also known as KyoAni) early on Thursday. He spread highly flammable liquid and set it on fire, instantly killing one victim, a Kyoto prefectural police spokesman explained.
Later, the rescuers found 12 people presumed dead on the first and second floor. 38 sustained burnt wounds and were transported to hospital for treatment. The condition of some of them is considered to be critical. More could be still trapped by the blaze as 70 employees in total were working inside the building at the time the incident occurred.
The rescue officials set up a tent outside the studio to provide first aid to the injured.
“Rescue operations are continuing, and we are trying to bring out several victims who are trapped inside the three-story building, including ones who may not be able to move by themselves,” the officials stated.
Kyoto Animation was founded in 1982 and achieved fame creating various animations and comic books, including internationally known “Lucky Star,” ”K-On!” and “Haruhi Suzumiya.”