Huts burn down near World Heritage thatched farmhouses of Shirakawa-go
Japan Times -- Nov 05
Two huts were destroyed by fire Monday near the traditional thatched farmhouses of Shirakawa-go village in Gifu Prefecture that are registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, the Gifu Prefectural Police said.

The police received an emergency call from a local resident at around 2:40 p.m. The fire was extinguished after about two hours and no injuries were reported, they said.

The police opened an investigation into the cause of the fire. The huts were located in a parking lot roughly 400 meters from the village center. Many tourists were in the parking lot at the time of the fire.

To keep the fire from spreading to the farmhouses, local residents used 59 water dischargers installed in the village to spray water on the thatched roofs.

岐阜県白川村で4日午後2時40分ごろ、「小屋が燃えている」と消防に通報があった。燃えたのは、世界遺産の合掌造り集落の近くにある公園内の物置と、配電設備がある小屋の合わせて2棟。地元の消防団なども出動し、通報から2時間後に火は消し止められた。この火災による合掌造り集落への被害はなく、けが人もいなかった。白川郷では、先月27日に集落周辺に設置されている“放水銃”を使用して消防訓練を行ったばかりで、今回も延焼を防ぐために放水銃によって合掌造りの建物に放水が行われた。現場近くの飲食店に勤める人は「首里城の件があったので、延焼が怖くて放水した」などと話した。
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