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Today in History: Kyoto Animation Tragedy at One

Written by:

Jei Beltrano

July 18, 2020 at 7:20 PM PHT (GMT +8:00)

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On July 18, 2019, a devastating fire broke out at Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building. A total of 70 people were inside the building at the time. The fire killed 36 people and injured 33 others. In addition to those victims, a man in his 40s on his way to work in the area suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation.

Today in History: Kyoto Animation Tragedy at One

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#TodayinHistory | July 18:
Kyoto Animation Arson Attack
On July 18, 2019, a devastating fire broke out at Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building. A total of 70 people were inside the building at the time. The fire killed 36 people and injured 33 others. In addition to those victims, a man in his 40s on his way to work in the area suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation.
Kyoto Prefectural Police apprehended the then 41-year-old suspect who allegedly used gasoline to start the fire, and they are investigating the case as arson. Police arrested the suspect on May 27 after 10 months of hospital care due to injuries.
Demolition work on Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building concluded on April 28. Residents of the Fushimi Ward in Kyoto have previously sent a written request to Kyoto Animation not to build a monument or a park at the site, expressing concern that the large number of visitors that a memorial site could bring would affect the tranquility of the neighborhood.

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Today in History: Kyoto Animation Tragedy at One