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Tokyo warehouse fire kills 3, affects flights at nearby airport

A fire broke out at a warehouse in Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon leaving three men dead and another injured, while also affecting some flights at nearby Haneda airport, the Tokyo Fire Department and the transport ministry said.

The department received an emergency call at around 1:25 p.m. reporting a fire at a warehouse of a subsidiary of major Japanese seafood company Maruha Nichiro Corp.

The warehouse, located in an industrial area of Ota Ward along Tokyo Bay, has been used by Maruha Nichiro Logistics Inc. for storing frozen food products, according to its parent company.

Four other people were rescued from the roof by helicopter, the department said, while more than 50 fire engines and other vehicles arrived at the scene to extinguish the blaze, which appeared to have started on the fifth floor of the building.

The fire temporarily forced Haneda airport to halt the use of one of its four runways, causing short delays to some flights, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

All — Kyodo News+

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