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Wed Oct 30, 2019, 11:55 PM

Japan Shuri castle fire: blaze engulfs revered world heritage site

Japan Shuri castle fire: blaze engulfs revered world heritage site
Justin McCurry Oct 30
The Guardian

Fire spread quickly through 600-year-old site dating back to Ryukyu kingdom in Okinawa

A fire has swept through a historic castle on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa , destroying much of a structure that had come to symbolise the ancient Ryukyu kingdom and the islandís recovery from the second world war.

Flames engulfed Shuri castle, a Unesco world heritage site located in the islandís capital Naha, at around 2:40 am and quickly spread to other buildings in the complex, local police said.

There were no initial reports of injuries, but nearby residents were evacuated while firefighters spent several hours attempting to bring the fire under control.

The castle, a popular tourist spot, dates back to the days of the Ryukyu kingdom, which began in 1429 and ended in the late 1800s when it was annexed by the government in Tokyo.


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