Japan sends troops to fight massive fire

2016-12-22 10:45
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Tokyo - Japan drafted in troops on Thursday to help contain a rapidly spreading fire, fanned by strong winds, which engulfed dozens of buildings and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from a northern city.

Aerial footage broadcast live on Japanese TV showed massive orange flames and thick smoke spewing out of buildings in the city of Itoigawa in the Niigata prefecture.

Troops were on their way to the coastal city after Niigata Governor Ryuichi Yoneyam requested military aid, said an official in the fire division of the prefectural government.

"About 50 houses and buildings have been damaged," he said.

The blaze started at a Chinese restaurant and a total of 17 fire trucks have been deployed in the area.

The blaze spread quickly due to strong winds, according to public broadcaster NHK.

Despite the scale of the fire, there were few reported injuries.

Two women in their 40s were slightly injured.

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