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Arson suspected in residential fire that kills two

Date Posted: 2008-03-27

Two people are dead and a third man is missing after a house fire that engulfed the two-story structure and burned.

Firefighters were quick to respond at 5:10 a.m. Monday after getting a call “My neighbor’s house looks like it’s on fire. I can’t see fire, but there’s lots of smoke.” It was too late for Uruma City firemen, though. The house owned by Kiyotaka Enobi burned quickly, leaving investigators to suspect arson.

Inside, firemen discovered two badly burned bodies. Police investigators say the 54-year-old Kiyotaka, his 42-year-old brother, and 83-year-old mother all resided in the home. The two bodies were found on the first floor of the home. Investigators were able to confirm one body was the mother, and the second is believed to be the younger brother, but won’t know for sure until DNA tests are complete.

Kiyotaka, the owner of the residence, is missing, and police are searching for him. While not calling him a suspect, police say they want to question him, noting it was odd Kiyotaka was not at home at the early hour. Police say he is normally at home overnight. The neighbor who discovered the fire and called it in, Tsutomu Kinjo, said “I couldn’t hear anything. No burning, voices or sounds at all.”

Investigators say there were odors of oil, or kerosene, at the entrance, and note usually building entrances have little that is flammable. One body, believed to be the younger brother, was found near the front door.

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