At least 12 people died in Japan in an arson attack in an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan.
The fire broke out when a person, an unidentified 41-year-old man, threw incendiary liquid into the premises of Kyoto Animation, which produces extremely popular manga cartoons. The reasons for the gesture are not clear. The alleged perpetrator was arrested. At the time of the fire, there were about 70 people inside the premises. Many are missing.
Local police report that many bodies were found on the second floor and that neighbors heard a series of explosions followed by powerful flare-ups. Someone heard him shout: "Go to hell".
The images of the fire at the building, which is on three floors, are impressive: you can see flames coming out of one of the windows and smoke from others, while firefighters try to tame the fire. Dozens of firemen vehicles rushed in. Two hours after the fire started, the flames had not yet been broken. The phone call came to the fire department in the early afternoon, around 3.35 pm local time: "They said they heard a violent explosion coming from the first floor of Kyodo Animation and that they saw smoke," a spokesman said.
Kyoto Animation: history
The company, which has about 160 employees, was created in 1981 and has a history of success: it produces films and films for television; and then he creates characters, designs and sells products derived from his cartoon series, the popular manga. Among his productions K-ON !, The melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Sound! Euphonium, The shape of the voice, Violet Evergarden.