Fire in Kyoto's Gion district contained
NHK -- Jul 09
A fire in a renowned entertainment district of Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto, has been contained. It burned five buildings in the area, but no one was injured.

On Monday night, firefighters were alerted to the blaze that engulfed a two-story wooden building on the main street of the Gion district.

Over 20 fire engines were deployed to the scene. The blaze burned the wooden building and other 4 structures nearby before it was extinguished about three and a half hours later.

The firefighters are looking into a witness account of a fire spreading to the roof through a kitchen ventilation duct of an eatery in the building.

The district is a popular draw for tourists, thanks to stone-paved streets lined with traditional Japanese restaurants and tea houses.

京都祇園のメインストリート花見小路通沿いにある店舗で火事が起きて付近は一時、騒然となりました。 8日午後9時すぎ、京都市東山区祇園町南側で飲食店の従業員から「建物からいぶした臭いがする」と通報がありました。警察によりますと、火が出たのは祇園の花見小路通沿いにある木造2階建ての飲食店とみられていて、この店を含む5棟が燃えました。 火事を目撃した人:「オレンジ色の火柱が上がっていた。火花が飛んでいた」 消防車約20台が出動し、火は約3時間半後にほぼ消し止められました。けがをした人はいないということです。警察は、朝から現場検証をして火元や火事の原因を調べることにしています。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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