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Up to 27 feared dead in building fire in Japan

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Up to 27 people are feared dead after a fire broke out in a building in a shopping district in Osaka, Japan, according to the Osaka Fire department.

The local fire department received reports of a fire on the fourth floor of a building in the Kita district at 10:18 a.m local time. The fire was almost extinguished by 10:46 a.m., according to the fire department.

Video from NHK showed a fleet of fire trucks rushing to the site of the fire. Firefighters battled the blaze as smoke billowed out of the windows. Photos from the scene show charred window frames and the fourth floor of the building destroyed from the inside. Police are investigating the possibility of arson, according to public broadcaster NHK.

A total of 28 people were injured, including the 27 feared dead, according to an officer at Osaka Fire Department.

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