Fire breaks out at Tokyo’s Tsukiji outer market

No one has been injured and nobody is unaccounted for, the Tokyo Fire Department said.

About 60 fire engines were mobilized to extinguish the blaze after the fire department received an emergency call about it around 4:50 p.m. (7:50 a.m. GMT). The fire was nearly brought under control about eight hours later.

The affected buildings include a cooking tool shop and a ramen store. The fire department and local police plan to investigate the cause of the fire, starting Friday morning.

A fire broke out at the outer market of the famed Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward on Thursday, burning seven buildings covering 935 square meters. (Jiji)

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