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Fire at Tokyo video store kills 15

TOKYO (Reuters) - A fire at a video store in downtown Osaka, west of Tokyo, killed 15 men and seriously injured four people, a spokeswoman at a local fire department said Wednesday.

About 120 firefighters and 40 fire engines battled the blaze on the first floor of a seven-storey building before dawn, the spokeswoman said. It was extinguished about 90 minutes later, she added.

The store, where customers can rent videos and view them in separate rooms, as well as shower, is often used like a cheap hotel to spend the night, domestic media said. The area has other small buildings, as well as bars and restaurants.

There were no immediate details of what caused the fire or how many people evacuated from the scene, she said. There were no damages to other buildings in the area, she added.

Reporting by Yoko Kubota; Editing by Jerry Norton

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