Fire breaks out close to famed Tsukiji fish market; no injuries reported

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 3, 2017

A fire broke out at the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo on Thursday (Aug 3).

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike said the market's age and vulnerability to a big quake meant it had to be rebuilt.

A fire destroyed several buildings outside Tokyo's famed Tsukiji fish market on August 3, the Tokyo Fire Department said. However, there were no reports of any injury.

The famed market - the world's biggest - was slated to be moved to a new location after its present site, a popular tourist attraction that hosts an early-morning tuna auction, was earmarked for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The 80-year-old fish market draws tens of thousands of visitors a year to its warren of stalls laden with exotic species of fish and fresh sushi, part of a tourism boom that is a key part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic plan. According to reports, the fire extinguishing efforts were hampered by the area's narrow streets and tight-knit buildings.

The area outside of the fish market houses some 400 stores including sushi restaurants and marine product shops.

Just last month it was announced that the market would move from its current side in the centre of Tokyo to a man-made island.

But Tokyo's governor said the 80-year-old market's age and vulnerability to a big natural disaster meant it had to be rebuilt.

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