11 killed in fire at Japanese seniors welfare facility


Posted at Feb 01 2018 09:30 AM

A firefighter inspects a facility to support senior people on welfare, where a fire occurred, in Sapporo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Thursday. Kyodo via Reuters

TOKYO - Eleven people were killed and five were rescued in a fire at a facility to support senior people on welfare in northern Japan late on Wednesday, public broadcaster NHK said.

The 16 elderly people were living in the 3-story wooden facility in Sapporo, where they paid a monthly rent of 36,000 yen (P16,900), NHK said on Thursday.

Three of the survivors, aged between their fifties and eighties, were being treated in hospital but their condition was not life-threatening, the broadcaster said.

The facility is run by a Sapporo organization that helps those who are on a public assistance by providing food and helping them find jobs, NHK said.

In March 2010, 7 people at a nursing home for elderly people with dementia were killed in a fire in Sapporo, Kyodo news agency said.