TOKYO — A man burst into an animation production studio in Kyoto and set it on fire early Thursday, killing one person, leaving 12 others presumed dead and a dozen possibly trapped inside.
The blaze injured another 36 people, some of them critically, Japanese authorities said.
The fire broke out in the three-story Kyoto Animation building in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto, after the suspect spread an unidentified liquid to accelerate the blaze, Kyoto prefectural police and fire department officials said.
One person died of severe burns, said fire department official Satoshi Fujiwara. Most of the 10 seriously injured people had burns. Rescuers found 12 people presumed dead on building's first and second floors, Fujiwara said.
As many as 18 others could be still trapped on the third floor, he said.