(PM) – At least 33 people are dead following a suspected arson at an animation studio in the city of Kyoto in Western Japan, according to Japanese Police. Authorities say that a man intentionally poured gasoline around the studio before setting the studio on fire. The man has been taken into custody. Police are investigating the incident as an arson attack.
Authorities also indicate that at least 37 people were injured. The attacker is a man in his 40’s and is amongst the injured.
Around 70 people were in the building when the fire broke out, state broadcaster NHK reported.
The company affected is called Kyoto Animations. The company is was founded in 1981 and produces animations, sells anime items and trains animators. The company is known to be involved in the production of several famous Japanese movies, including ‘A Silent Voice’, ‘Free’ and ‘K-ON’.
Users on Twitter shared videos of the massive fire.