At least ten people have been killed and eight others injured after a fire broke out at a hospital in southern Japan.
The blaze is believed to have started on the ground floor of the four-storey building in the early hours of Friday morning.
Police in Fukuoka said that among the dead were eight patients and two members of staff, who had been asleep at the time.
All of those who died were between the ages of 70 and 89, police said.
Many of those injured are in a serious condition.
Local fire prevention bureau chief Megumi Katsuragi said: “It was a very difficult situation.”
According to one witness, bystanders could only watch as flames engulfed Abe orthopaedic hospital.
Emergency services eventually managed to bring the fire under control, but a significant part of the hospital was severely damaged.
An investigation has been launched into the cause of the tragedy.
Local media reported the fire may have started in a treatment room which had a laser device and thermal therapy equipment.
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