July 19, 2019 / 8:28 AM / 6 months ago

Kyoto arson attack building had no sprinklers or indoor hydrants - official

TOKYO, July 19 (Reuters) - The Kyoto Animation company building where 33 people were killed in an arson attack did not have any sprinklers or indoor hydrants installed since they were not legally required by the fire code, a Kyoto Fire Department official said on Friday.

The official said that because the building was classified as an “office”, it was not required to have such equipment.

An October inspection of the building found that fire extinguishers and emergency alarms were installed as required. (Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Writing by Elaine Lies; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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