A man burst into a famous animation production studio in Kyoto and started a fire early Thursday, leaving at least one dead and 35 others injured, some critically, Japanese authorities said.
The fire broke out at a three-story building of Kyoto Animation in Uji city in southern Kyoto, after the suspect spread an unidentified liquid that set off the blaze, Kyoto prefectural police and fire department officials said.
One person died of severe burns, said fire department official Satoshi Fujiwara. Ten of the injured were in serious condition, many of them suffering from burns, he said.
The suspect was also injured and taken to a hospital, officials said. Police are investigating the man on suspicion of arson.
Footage on Japan's NHK national television showed gray smoke billowing from the charred building.
Rescue officials set up a tent outside the studio building to provide first aid and sort out the injured.