© Reuters. Firefighters work at a constructing the place a hearth broke out, in Osaka, Japan December 18, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
By Kiyoshi Takenaka
OSAKA (Reuters) – The perpetrator of a suspected arson at a psychiatry clinic within the Japanese metropolis of Osaka that killed 24 individuals can’t be forgiven, a affected person instructed media a day after the fireplace ripped by way of the fourth ground of a downtown workplace constructing.
“I simply can’t forgive the one who has carried out this,” a affected person of the clinic in his 20s instructed reporters gathered on the scene, declining to provide his title.
“I need the one who’s accountable to pay for the crime based on legislation,” he stated.
Mourners positioned bouquets of flowers and choices of beer and water on a makeshift desk within the entrance of the constructing, which was lined in blue plastic sheets and guarded by police.
“I wished them to have one thing heat,” stated a 34-year-old care employee, who positioned a can on espresso on the desk.
“I prayed that an incident like this may by no means occur once more,” he stated, whereas preventing again tears.
The fireplace broke out on Friday morning after a person entered the clinic carrying a bag of liquid which caught hearth after he set it down close to a heater and kicked it, a police spokesperson stated.
The 61-year-old man was a affected person of the clinic and is in a important situation in hospital, public broadcaster NHK stated. There was a smaller hearth in entrance of the person’s home half-hour earlier than the clinic blaze, NHK reported.
In 2019 an arson assault at an animation studio within the metropolis of Kyoto killed 36 individuals and injured dozens. A 2001 hearth at a constructing in Tokyo’s Kabukicho leisure district killed 44 individuals.
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