Suspect in Japan Fire That Killed 25 People Dies From Injuries

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Fire targets a mental-health facility in central Osaka

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Police said Mr. Tanimoto, who had received treatment at the clinic, had bought gasoline before the incident and was suspected of setting the cigarette lighter on fire.

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Experts said the victims probably died of carbon-monoxide poisoning, as the fire burned near an emergency stairway, the only obvious means of exit. The initial death toll stood at 24 and another person died a few days later.

Mr. Tanimoto was seriously injured and taken to a nearby hospital. He died Thursday evening local time, a police officer said.

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During a search of Mr. Tanimoto’s home, police said they found newspaper articles about a similar arson attack in 2019 that killed 36 people in Kyoto, near Osaka.

Police said Mr. Tanimoto told gas station workers he needed gasoline for the motorcycle.

Mr. Tanimoto lived alone a few miles from the clinic and neighbors said they had little contact with him. Police suspect that Mr. Tanimoto was going to the clinic on a bicycle on the day of the incident. Police released security-camera footage showing a man cycling with containers tied to the back of the bike.

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