Boy killed in freak fire at art event
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD Japanese boy was burnt to death after a wooden jungle gym display created for a Tokyo arts festival suddenly caught fire, officials said yesterday.
The freak conflagration caused flames to shoot metres into the sky, reports quoted witnesses in the Japanese capital as saying.
A man believed to be the boy’s father screamed for help, tearfully shouting, “My child is inside!”, according to local media.
But Kento Saeki was confirmed dead at hospital, police said, without giving an official cause of death.
An unconfirmed number of other children managed to escape.
The structure was one of the displays at Tokyo Design Week, to which many flocked at the weekend.
The cause of the fire has yet to be officially determined, police and fire officials said. –