7 die in Japan hotel blaze

2012-05-13 08:33

Tokyo - Seven people died after a fire swept through a Japanese hotel on Sunday morning, the local police and fire department said.

"Seven people - 3 men and 4 women - are dead," said a local police officer, giving no further details with identities yet to be confirmed.

The seven were among 10 people taken to hospital after the fire, a fire department official said.

The blaze took place at a hotel in Fukuyama, 600km west of Tokyo, in Hiroshima prefecture, the officials said.

Three people, including a hotel employee, were injured, Jiji Press said.

The cause of the fire, now under control, was not known immediately, police said.