Apartment fire in Adachi Ward

About 5:20 on Thursday morning (Sept. 3), a fire began in an apartment occupied by an 86-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman in Adachi Ward, Tokyo, according to local news reports. The two suffered burns on their faces and chests, and a 69-year-old neighbor was also injured. Several surrounding buildings were damaged. Police began investigating the cause of the fire the same day.

I happened to have gotten up early that day for a trip out of town, and I took the above photo at 5:40 a.m., looking south into Adachi Ward from the top of the building I live in. (Click on image to enlarge.)

The burning building was reported to be 700 meters southwest of the Nippori Toneri Liner train’s Ekita Station. To the right of the source of the smoke, you can see Tokyo Sky Tree under construction. The Sky Tree, in Sumida Ward, is already the tallest structure in Japan at 438 meters, and will be 600 meters tall when completed.

You can find the original news stories about the fire here and here.

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