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Ten Dead in Fire at Japan Hospital

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Firefighters attempt to contain a fire at a hospital in Fukuoka, western Japan, Oct. 11, 2013.

Firefighters attempt to contain a fire at a hospital in Fukuoka, western Japan, Oct. 11, 2013.

Officials in southern Japan have announced that at least 10 people are dead after a fire broke out in a small hospital in the city of Fukuoka.

Police said the fire broke out at an orthopedic hospital early on Friday while patients were sleeping. Authorities said eight of the dead were patients and the other two were hospital staff. The blaze injured eight other people, some of them critically.

Fire officials say the fire started on the ground floor of the four-story building. The cause is still under investigation.
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