TOKYO — Twenty-four people were missing today after a fire swept through an inn in the resort town of Atagawa, then spread to the Atagawa Grand Hotel next door, police said.
The fire started about 2 a.m., engulfing the three-story Daitokan inn. Twenty-two guests and two employees at the inn were missing after the blaze.
Thirty guests were evacuated from the Atagawa Grand Hotel before the fire scorched the third through fifth floors and then was extinguished. Atagawa is 81 miles west of Tokyo. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.