Six killed in Japan hotel blaze

13 May 2012
Six people died after a fire swept through a Japanese hotel on Sunday morning, in Fukuyama
This picture, taken by a local resident in Fukuyama on May 13, shows firefighters and rescue workers fighting a fire at a four-story hotel. Six people have been killed when a fire swept through their hotel in southwestern Japan, the local police and fire department said

Six people were killed when a fire swept through their hotel in southwestern Japan on Sunday, the local police and fire department said.

Police had earlier said seven people were killed in the blaze but later revised the toll down to six.

"Six people, two men and four women, are dead. One man remains in a critical condition," said a local police officer.

Officers gave no further details with the identities of the dead yet to be confirmed.

The blaze occurred at a hotel in Fukuyama, 600 kilometres (375 miles) west of Tokyo, in Hiroshima prefecture, the officials said.

The cause of the fire, which was brought under control, was not immediately known, police said.