Japan: Psychiatric Clinic Kills 27 (Video)

Osaka: At least 27 people have been killed in a building fire in Japan.

A fire in a building in the western Japanese city of Osaka on Friday killed at least 27 people, according to the report.

All of the victims were reportedly at a psychiatric clinic on the fourth floor of a building in the Ketashinchi area, a busy commercial and recreational district.

Osaka City Fire Department official Akira Kashimoto said 28 people were injured in the crash, 27 of whom were found to have suffered a heart attack.

The victims reportedly suffered cardiopulmonary arrest, a term often used in early reports before death was confirmed.

The state broadcaster NHK says police are investigating whether the fire was set on purpose.

The local fire department said the fire spread over an area of ‚Äč‚Äčabout 20 square meters (215 square feet). Rescue workers successfully extinguished the blaze within half an hour, but those inside could not be rescued.

Footage on social media showed windows of the affected building turning black, and smoke billowing from inside, with dozens of fire engines and police vehicles on the road, officials said. A total of 70 fire engines were deployed, most of which arrived within about 30 minutes of the emergency call.

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