Skip to main content
Australia Edition
Sunday, 26 September 2021

Arson attack on Kyoto animation studio kills 33

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me
Duration: 01:12s 0 shares 3 views

Arson attack on Kyoto animation studio kills 33
Arson attack on Kyoto animation studio kills 33

More than two dozen people are dead and many more injured after a man set fire to an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan.

For story suggestions or custom animation requests, contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw.

Visit http://archive.nextanimationstudio.com to view News Direct's complete archive of 3D news animations.

RESTRICTIONS: Broadcast: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN Digital: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN More than two dozen people are dead and many more injured after a man set fire to an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan.

The Mainichi reports that on the morning of July 18, a 41-year-old man broke into the three-storey Kyoto Animation Studio building in Kyoto's Fushimi Ward.

According to the New York Times, he doused the building with a flammable liquid believed to be gasoline, and screamed 'Die!'

As he set it ablaze around 10:35 a.m.

The BBC reports that eyewitnesses described hearing a loud explosion, followed by a blaze that quickly engulfed the building.

Around 70 people were believed to be working inside the studio when it was set on fire.

Many attempted to escape by running up to the top of the building, according to the Guardian, but later collapsed on the stairs.

The suspect tried to flee, but fell on the street outside.

NHK reports that he has been detained but is currently being treated at the hospital for his burns.

Firefighters said they found two bodies on the first floor, 11 on the second floor, and 20 on the third floor staircase leading to the roof — a total of 33 casualties.

36 others have been hospitalized for their injuries.

Police have not yet established a motive for the attack, though eyewitnesses say the suspect appeared to be angry with the studio.

The fire at Kyoto Animation shocked and devastated the studio's fans around the world.

A GoFundMe campaign set up to "Help KyoAni Heal" has already raised over $1.2 million.

RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1.

Suspect dousing then igniting gasoline inside Kyoto Animation Studio building 2.

Depiction of loud explosion, building on fire 3.

People inside building trying to escape to the roof 4.

Suspect attempting to flee 5.

Number of casualties per floor VOICEOVER (in English): "The Mainichi reports that on the morning of July 18, a 41-year-old man broke into the three-storey Kyoto Animation Studio building in Kyoto's Fushimi Ward." "According to the New York Times, he doused the building with a flammable liquid believed to be gasoline, and screamed 'Die!'

As he set it ablaze around 10:35 a.m." "The BBC reports that eyewitnesses described hearing a loud explosion, followed by a blaze that quickly engulfed the building." "Around 70 people were believed to be working inside the studio when it was set on fire.

Many attempted to escape by running up to the top of the building, according to the Guardian, but later collapsed on the stairs." "The suspect tried to flee, but fell on the street outside.

NHK reports that he has been detained but is currently being treated at the hospital for his burns." "Firefighters said they found two bodies on the first floor, 11 on the second floor, and 20 on the third floor staircase leading to the roof — a total of 33 casualties.

36 others have been hospitalized for their injuries." SOURCES: The Mainichi, Kyodo News, New York Times, BBC https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190719/p2g/00m/0et/004000c https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2019/07/7cc0f7f7c6e2-dozens-injured-in-fire-after-man-sprays-liquid-at-kyoto-anime-studio.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/world/asia/japan-fire-animation-studio.html?action=click&module=inline&pgtype=Homepage https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49027178 *** For story suggestions please contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377

Related news coverage

Advertisement

More coverage