Seaside Hotel Fire Kills 3, Injures 54
TOKYO (AP) _ Fire raced through a seaside resort hotel early Monday, killing three guests and injuring 54 others, police said.
The fire broke out at 2:20 a.m. in a two-story wooden building of the Kikusuikan Hotel in Kawazu-cho, near Shimoda on the Izu Peninsula about 90 miles southwest of Tokyo, said a Shimoda police spokesman.
The spokesman, who demanded anonymity, identified the dead as Nobutaka Komatsu, 56; his wife Nobuko, 57; and Mrs. Komatsu’s brother, Minoru Tagawa, 46.
Four of the injured were listed in serious condition from multiple fractures and shock.
The three killed were among 11 guests staying in the building, which was completely destroyed. Sixty other guests were staying at the hotel’s concrete building next door, some of whom jumped out of windows, thinking their building was on fire, Kawaguchi said.
Police said earlier that many of the victims suffered from smoke inhalation or injuries received when they jumped from upper-story windows to escape the flames.
The blaze was extinguished after two hours. Police said the cause of the fire had not been determined.
The Kikusuikan Hotel is 12 miles from Atagawa, another resort where a fire last December in the Daitokan Hotel killed 24 people.