• Short Summary

    More than 3,000 people are homeless after flames swept through Sakata City in Northern Japan in the country's worst fire for 15 years.

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    More than 3,000 people are homeless after flames swept through Sakata City in Northern Japan in the country's worst fire for 15 years.

    SYNOPSIS: At one stage the rampant flames were consuming buildings at a rate of 100 an hour, including a sixstorey office block. No one was killed, but 96 people were treated for minor injuries. A 57-year old fireman is missing. The fire started on Friday (29 October) in a cinema. Only the Niita river, which bisects the city of 100,000 prevented total destruction, as hundreds of firemen, backed by soldiers, fought to quell the flames.

    During the fire, which raged for 11 hours and covered an area of 56 acres, bulldozers were used to clear wooden houses from the path of the flames, fanned by winds of up to 67 miles an hour (107 kilometres). The winds died down early on Saturday (30 october), allowing about 3,000 firemen, soldiers and police to sift through the debris of the 1,159 buildings levelled in the holocaust.

    All that was left for shattered residents was to scour the wreckage for possessions. Authorities in the city, Which is 220 miles (350 kilometres) north of Tokyo, provided emergency blankets and food for the homeless, sleeping in public halls and schools.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA49Y843K308DBWOYR2J50Z7NNY
    Media URN:
    VLVA49Y843K308DBWOYR2J50Z7NNY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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