Watch | Massive fire engulfs 140 buildings in Japan
Around 140 buildings caught fire in northern city of Itoigawa today, prompting authorities to evacuate local residents from the area. Flames blazed through the shopping area after fire broke out at a restaurant during the morning, according to the local fire department. Officials said around 140 buildings and houses had caught fire and that the tally could rise as fire continued to spread. An Itoigawa city official said evacuation advisories had been issued for 273 households, totalling 586 people.Local media reported that two people suffered minor injuries.