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One Month On, Cause of Shuri Castle Fire Unidentified

One Month On, Cause of Shuri Castle Fire Unidentified

   Naha, Okinawa Pref., Nov 30 (Jiji Press)--The cause of the fire that devastated Shuri Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa, has yet to be identified, one month after the tragedy shocked people at home and abroad.
   Although fire authorities increasingly suspect that the blaze was triggered by an electrical system glitch, it is difficult to determine the cause of the fire as site was almost fully burned down, an official in the authorities said.
   The authorities plan to release an investigation report by the end of this year at the earliest, but it may not identify the cause of the fire, informed sources said.
   The fire occurred in the small hours of Oct. 31, damaging seven buildings at Shuri Castle, an Okinawa symbol, including the "Seiden" main hall.
   On-site inspections by the Okinawa prefectural police department and local fire authorities have found burned and melted parts on an extension cord connecting indoor lighting equipment to a switchboard at the north side of Seiden.

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