Shuri Citadel, listed as a World Heritage web site, goes up in flames, in Naha on the southern island of Okinawa, Japan October 31, 2019, on this picture taken by Kyodo. Obligatory credit score Kyodo/through REUTERS
TOKYO (Reuters) – A fireplace broke out at Shuri Citadel, a World Heritage Web site on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, early on Thursday, fully destroying the principle corridor and different constructions as firefighters continued to battle raging flames, media reported.
Tv footage confirmed the multi-structure fort decreased to a skeleton, shrouded in flames and smoke hours after emergency responders obtained the primary name in regards to the hearth, round 2:47 a.m. (1747 GMT), public broadcaster NHK mentioned.
Shuri, constructed greater than 500 years in the past because the royal fort of the Ryukyu Kingdom, has been destroyed and rebuilt after many fires – most lately within the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.
Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Enhancing by Christian Schmollinger