At least thirty-three people are dead and dozens injured after an arson attack led to a fire at an animation studio in Japan. The fire broke out on Thursday morning after the suspect sprayed the area with petrol before lighting it on fire. In light of the tragic news, Canadians are sharing their condolences with Japan as they deal with the horrific crime. 

It's reported on Thursday morning, that a fire broke out at Kyoto Animations, a three-story studio which produces films and graphic novels, according to BBC. Reports indicate that a 41-year-old suspect broke into the studio and covered the area in petrol before lighting the building on fire. BBC claims that the man was heard saying 'drop dead' as he set fire to the building. 

The relationship that the suspect has with the company is still unclear, but BBC confirms that they were not a former employee of the studio. Some believe that the suspect was angry with the company after one neighbour reportedly heard the suspect shouting "You ripped me off". Police have since detained the suspect who is currently in the hospital with injuries. 

Firefighters continue their rescue operations and state that thirty-six people are currently in hospital and thirty-three workers have been pronounced dead. It was estimated that about seventy people were in the building during the time of the fire.  


Earlier today, the Prime Minister of Canada tweeted about the tragic issue, stating "Canadians send our deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the arson attack in Kyoto that has taken so many innocent lives". 

Since then, multiple other Canadians have followed suit and continue to express their condolences to Japan after so many lives were lost. 

Kyoto Animation, also known as KyoAni, is a popular animation studio that creates multiple animation shows including the popular "K-On" and "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya". 

Many fans have been expressing their sorrows across the world and a GoFundMe campaign "Help KyoAni Heal" has already raised over $900,000 to aid the KyoAni team during this terrible time. 

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