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rrounded by snow, the smoldering aftermath of a deadly fire in Japan on Thursday that killed 11 people overnight. The three story block in the northern city Sapporo mainly housed elderly people on welfare run by an organization to provide food and assistance finding jobs. While the cause of the fire is investigated, victims are still being identified.
Firefighters rescued five people and three survivors are being treated in hospital. Japan has a rapidly aging population. Last year, data showed almost 30% of the country was over the age of 65. In 2010 a fire broke out at a Sapporo nursing home for dementia leaving seven people dead.