[Global Network Reporter Cui Shufei] According to Kyodo News, around 10:20 am local time on the 17th, the police received a report that the "4th floor of an 8-story building was on fire" at 1-chome, Sonezaki Shinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka. .
According to the Osaka City Fire Department, 27 people had their heart and lungs stopped.
According to the latest news from TV Asahi, the death toll from the fire has risen to nine.
According to Kyodo News, the fire area on the 4th floor was about 20 square meters, and the fire was basically extinguished around 10:45 in the morning.
Regarding the cause of the fire, Kyodo News quoted relevant investigators as saying that the Osaka Prefectural Police believed that there was a possibility of man-made arson and was investigating.
According to reports, the scene of the incident was located in a corner of the downtown Kitashinchi high-end nightclub near JR Osaka Station.
"Yomiuri Shimbun" quoted witnesses at the scene.
According to the report, an employee of the electrical appliance shop opposite the burning building said: “The windows on the fourth floor are all burnt orange, and even the roof is full of black smoke. A woman on the sixth floor came out of the window to ask for help and was quickly picked up by the car. From the windows, you can see the fire blazing inside the building, and the fire spread very quickly."
A woman working nearby said worriedly: “I saw people who were smoked soot were carried out on a stretcher one after another from the smokey building, and some people were undergoing cardiac resuscitation. The scene was panic.” Another Witnesses said: "When I heard the sound of the fire truck, the smoke upstairs was already high. I heard that many people did not escape. It was really terrifying."Keywords: