UPDATE1: 3 killed in fire at disabled people's facility, arson suspect held
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Police arrested a resident of a facility for the disabled in western Japan on Sunday on suspicion that she started a fire which led to the death of three fellow residents.
The police said they were in the process of identifying three bodies, believed to be two men in their 30s and a woman in her 60s who were unaccounted for after the fire, which started before 1 a.m. Sunday in a building at the facility in Matsuno, Ehime Prefecture.
According to the police, Chifumi Zenke, a 49-year-old resident, admitted starting a fire in her room at the Hidamari 3 facility where eight residents and a care worker were staying at the time.
The facility, which is run by a nonprofit organization, is for people with mental or physical disabilities. The operator, Mikotokai, had recently begun installing a fire sprinkler system, but the incident occurred before the work had been completed, local firefighters said.