11 Oct 2013

Ten dead in Japanese hospital fire

9:58 pm on 11 October 2013

A fire at a Japanese hospital has killed eight patients and two hospital workers, Japanese police say.

A further eight people were injured in the early morning blaze in the southern Japanese prefecture of Fukuoka. The fire burned for more than two hours in the four-storey building.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, the police official said, adding that the victims are yet to be identified.

Many of the patients at the orthopaedic hospital were elderly.