Fire at unregistered Japanese nursing home kills 10, investigation gears up

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Local authorities were set to start a formal investigation of an unregistered nursing home in Japan that was the site of a fatal fire late last week.. The Thursday night fire wound up killing 10 residents after three more perished Saturday.

The building did not have sprinklers, and its owners apparently had not received appropriate permits to expand it recently, according to various news reports.

The fire reportedly burned down three buildings at the facility, which was nonetheless too small to fall under a sprinkler mandate, according to officials quoted in a published report. The cause of the fire was still unknown at press time but the prefectural government was scheduled to begin investigating the facility and its services today..

The Seiyo Home Tamayura is in Shibukawa in Gunma Prefecture.