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Osaka Pref. temple couple feared dead after fire

Fire engines are seen with their lights flashing in this file photo. (Mainichi)

OSAKA -- A fire broke out at a temple in Osaka Prefecture on May 15, where the bodies believed to be of the chief priest and their spouse were found.

    A fire department received a call from a local resident at around 10:25 p.m. saying that Buddhist temple Saifukuji in the city of Osakasayama was in flames. The fire burned down about 186 square meters of the temple's structures, including the main hall and the couple's home. The bodies of a man and a woman were found in the ruins. According to Osaka Prefectural Police's Kuroyama Police Station, the deceased woman is believed to be Myoryu Okuno, 86, who lived in the temple with her husband.

    The scene is near Sayama pond, which is apparently the oldest dam reservoir in Japan.

    (Japanese original by Misa Koyama, Osaka City News Department)

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