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5 workers injured in Shiga warehouse explosion.

OTSU, Japan, Aug. 2 Kyodo

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Five workers sustained burns and injuries, two seriously, on Thursday as an explosion ripped through a warehouse owned by a transport company in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, police said.

The warehouse immediately caught fire after the 11:30 a.m. blast and the blaze spread to two neighboring warehouses, all belonging to Kyoto-based Fushimi Transportation.

Masaru Umezu, 56, sustained serious burns to the face and hands, while Koichi Okada, 42, broke his breastbone.

The fire burned down the three warehouses that had a total floor space of roughly 6,300 square meters before it was almost extinguished about four and a half hours later.

The warehouse where the explosion took place apparently contained rice, police said, adding the cause of the blast has yet to be determined.
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