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27 People Feared Dead in Building Fire in Japan’s Osaka: NHK

Firefighters stand on a floor at a building where a fire broke out in Osaka on Dec. 17.

Firefighters stand on a floor at a building where a fire broke out in Osaka on Dec. 17.

Photographer: Yukie Nishizawa/Kyodo News/AP Photo

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Osaka, Japan (AP) -- A fire that spread from a fourth-floor mental clinic in an eight-story building in downtown Osaka in western Japan on Friday left 24 dead in what police were investigating as a possible case of arson and murder.

Police were searching for a man in his 50s to 60s who witnesses saw carrying a paper bag from which an unidentified liquid was dripping. He may have been among the 24 dead, or is one of the three people who were resuscitated and remain in serious conditions, or may have fled, a police investigator said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.