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Boy dies after wooden jungle gym at art festival catches fire

A 5-year-old boy died from serious burns after a wooden jungle gym on display at an art festival in Tokyo caught fire while he was playing inside on Nov. 6, police said.

The boy was identified as Kento Saeki, a kindergarten pupil from Minato Ward, Tokyo. Kento's 44-year-old father, who attempted to rescue his son, and a man in his 40s reportedly suffered light burns.

People use fire extinguishers to put out a fire that broke out in a wooden jungle gym on display at Tokyo Design Week 2016 at the Meiji Jingu Gaien area in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, on Nov. 6, 2016. (Image provided by a visitor)

Kento and some other children were playing inside the jungle gym on display during Tokyo Design Week 2016 at the Meiji Jingu Gaien area in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, at around 5:20 p.m., when the fire broke out. Apparently only Kento failed to escape.

Kento was rushed to a hospital but he was pronounced dead. Police suspect he died from burns. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

The jungle gym was produced by the New Architecture Design Society (NADS) consisting mainly of students in Nippon Institute of Technology's Department of Architecture.

The jungle gym, measuring about 3 meters high and some 5 meters wide, consisted of assembled wooden frames. Sawdust was placed inside and the display was lit up with multiple lights. Investigators suspect that a light may have ignited the sawdust and the fire spread to the jungle gym.

Tokyo Design Week 2016 began on Oct. 26 and was scheduled to run until Nov. 7. The event venue was full of visitors who were enjoying contemporary art works on display and music performances when the fire broke out.

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