Inspected Ruins Of The Historic Burned Castle In Japan

TOKYO (AP) – Firefighters and police on Friday inspected the burned ruins of Shuri Castle in Okinawa to determine the cause of the fire that virtually destroyed this cultural and historical heritage of Japan.

Thursday's fire reduced the three main halls of the castle and four nearby structures to ashes. The firefighters took 11 hours to extinguish the fire.

More than 130 investigators inspected the site on Friday. Firefighters believe the fire started inside the Seiden, the centerpiece of the castle, around 2:30 in the morning, when no one was nearby.

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The castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It dates from the era of the Ryukyu kingdom from 1429-1879 and was restored in 1992 after being set on fire during World War II.

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