A man spread accelerant at the front of the Kyoto Anime Studio in Japan at around 10:30 a.m. Thursday (local time). Then he ran into the studio yelling “You die!” as he lit it on fire. Thirty three people were killed, another 36 were injured, some critically. Thirteen died on the first and second floors, and 10 others died as they tried to get to the roof to get air.
The 41 year old suspect was not a colleague of the studio, according to those who escaped the blaze (Fox Business). He was injured and taken to the hospital. He remains in police custody.
NHK news reported:
The circumstances leading up to the alleged arson are still unclear. But the head of the studio said that he had recently received some threatening emails.
President of Kyoto Animation, Hideaki Hatta, said, “They were addressed to our office and sales department and told us to “die”.”
The building had at least 70 people inside when the man attacked the business. The Kyoto Anime studio was home to many talented artists that produced popular Anime themes. NHK reported that it was known worldwide for its animations, including dance sequences at the end of each show.
The Kyoto fire is the worst mass killing in several years. In 2016, a man with a knife killed 19 people at an assisted living facility.
Hearts go out to the victims and families affected by the kyoani fire. I hope the arsonist gets slammed in the face with justice— C Tran (@c_tran2) July 18, 2019
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#News Latest Update: Kyoto Fire Department reports it has finished its rescue efforts inside the building and has completely evacuated the building in the Kyoto Animation fire • 33 confirmed dead; 36 confirmed injured #anime https://t.co/XXMk03xmvo— Anime News Network (@Anime) July 18, 2019
Today I am very very sad after watching news about @kyoani tragedy. Dozens of people die after a terrorist killing many talented animators with fire.— Grand Duke of Condet (@DukeCondet) July 18, 2019
Kyoto Animation is the best animation studio in the world, and for me they're always my favorite.. ???#PrayForKyoani #京アニ pic.twitter.com/oEFctHtV4w