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Japan firefighters douse forest blaze near industrial site

Firefighters in western Japan battled for more than six hours on Tuesday to contain a forest fire that threatened a nearby industrial complex housing fuel tanks.

TOKYO: Firefighters in western Japan battled for more than six hours on Tuesday to contain a forest fire that threatened a nearby industrial complex housing fuel tanks.

No one was injured in the fire, which destroyed about seven hectares (17 acres) of forest in the city of Aioi on the Seto Inland Sea coast, the local fire station said in a press release.

Six helicopters, two of them from the defence forces, and about 30 fire trucks joined the operation to put out the blaze which started at around 10 am (0100 GMT) and was extinguished by late afternoon.

The fire at one point came within 20 metres of an industrial area where flammable fuels are stored before receding, an official at the Aioi fire station said by telephone.

The cause of the fire was yet to be determined.

Although Japan has many forest-covered mountains, large blazes are uncommon.

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