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3 firefighters and 1 police officer missing after warehouse fire in central Japan

Billows of smoke are seen from a warehouse at a factory operated by household product maker Lec Inc. in the town of Yoshida, Shizuoka Prefecture, on July 5, 2020. (Kyodo)

SHIZUOKA (Kyodo) -- Three firefighters and one police officer are missing after fire ripped through a warehouse early Sunday in the central Japan prefecture of Shizuoka, local officials said.

    The four entered the warehouse at a factory operated by household product maker Lec Inc. in the town of Yoshida before flames engulfed the building, according to a local fire department.

    Three other firefighters sustained minor injuries.

    The fire department received an emergency call reporting the fire around 1:35 a.m. The warehouse, where sponges and sodium bicarbonate for household use were stored, was empty at the time, according to local police and Lec.

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