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Japan Animation Studio Fire: Over Two Dozen Dead in Suspected Arson Attack

World | Associated Press | July 18, 2019, 11:48 pm
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 A man screaming
Smoke billows from a three-story building of Kyoto Animation in a fire in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)" title=" A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans. The suspect, identified only a 41-year-old man who did not work for the studio, was injured and taken to a hospital. Police gave no details on the motive, but a witness told Japanese TV that the attacker angrily complained that something of his had been stolen, possibly by the company.

Smoke billows from a three-story building of Kyoto Animation in a fire in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)">

A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans. The suspect, identified only a 41-year-old man who did not work for the studio, was injured and taken to a hospital. Police gave no details on the motive, but a witness told Japanese TV that the attacker angrily complained that something of his had been stolen, possibly by the company.

Smoke billows from a three-story building of Kyoto Animation in a fire in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

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 A firefighter searches for missing people following a fire at Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

A firefighter searches for missing people following a fire at Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Firefighters respond to a building fire of Kyoto Animation in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

Firefighters respond to a building fire of Kyoto Animation in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

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 Smoke billows from a Kyoto Animation building, right bottom, in Kyoto. The fire broke out in the three-story building in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto, after a suspect sprayed an unidentified liquid to accelerate the blaze, Kyoto prefectural police and fire department officials said. (Image: AP)

Smoke billows from a Kyoto Animation building, right bottom, in Kyoto. The fire broke out in the three-story building in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto, after a suspect sprayed an unidentified liquid to accelerate the blaze, Kyoto prefectural police and fire department officials said. (Image: AP)

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 Firefighters pull water hoses at the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an arson attack, in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

Firefighters pull water hoses at the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an arson attack, in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 A firefighter speaks to the media on a fire at Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

A firefighter speaks to the media on a fire at Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Smoke billows from a three-story building of Kyoto Animation in a fire in Kyoto. Kyoto prefectural police said the fire broke out Thursday (July 18) morning after a man burst into it and spread unidentified liquid and put fire.(Image: AP)

Smoke billows from a three-story building of Kyoto Animation in a fire in Kyoto. Kyoto prefectural police said the fire broke out Thursday (July 18) morning after a man burst into it and spread unidentified liquid and put fire.(Image: AP)

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 A couple places flowers near the Kyoto Animation building that was destroyed in an arson attack in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

A couple places flowers near the Kyoto Animation building that was destroyed in an arson attack in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Firefighters respond to a building fire of Kyoto Animation in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

Firefighters respond to a building fire of Kyoto Animation in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Smoke billows from a Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

Smoke billows from a Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

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 A bus driver walks out of his bus at a bus terminal situated next to the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack, in Japan. (Image: AP)

A bus driver walks out of his bus at a bus terminal situated next to the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack, in Japan. (Image: AP)

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 The Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack is seen in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

The Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack is seen in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 A firefighter is seen through the window of the Kyoto Animation Studio building consumed in an arson attack. (Image: AP)

A firefighter is seen through the window of the Kyoto Animation Studio building consumed in an arson attack. (Image: AP)

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 Security guards stand near the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack, in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

Security guards stand near the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack, in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

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 Smoke billows from a Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

Smoke billows from a Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

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 A security guard stands near the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack. (Image: AP)

A security guard stands near the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack. (Image: AP)

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 Smoke billows from a Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

Smoke billows from a Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Flowers are placed near the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an arson attack in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

Flowers are placed near the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an arson attack in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 The building of Kyoto Animation is seen following a fire in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

The building of Kyoto Animation is seen following a fire in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

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 A man with flowers looks at the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an arson attack in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

A man with flowers looks at the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an arson attack in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 This photo shows the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack, in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

This photo shows the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack, in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

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 An investigator works on the roof of the Kyoto Animation Studio building consumed in an arson attack in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

An investigator works on the roof of the Kyoto Animation Studio building consumed in an arson attack in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

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 A keychain with a cartoon image is placed on top of flowers placed near the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack, in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

A keychain with a cartoon image is placed on top of flowers placed near the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack, in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 The Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack is seen in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

The Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack is seen in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Flowers are laid following a fire in front of Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

Flowers are laid following a fire in front of Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto. (Image: AP)

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 Light is cast on the building of Kyoto Animation following a fire in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

Light is cast on the building of Kyoto Animation following a fire in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

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 An investigator takes pictures inside the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an arson attack in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

An investigator takes pictures inside the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an arson attack in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Firefighters pull water hoses at the Kyoto Animation Studio building consumed in an arson attack, in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

Firefighters pull water hoses at the Kyoto Animation Studio building consumed in an arson attack, in Kyoto, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Investigators work inside the Kyoto Animation Studio building consumed in an arson attack in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

Investigators work inside the Kyoto Animation Studio building consumed in an arson attack in Kyoto, western Japan. (Image: AP)

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