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A firefighter inspects damage at a senior citizens facility in Sapporo

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Fire kills 11 at a senior citizens facility in Japan

Eleven people have died in a fire at a home for elderly welfare recipients in northern Japan.

The fire broke out late on Wednesday night local time and quickly engulfed the three-storey building in Sapporo, on the island on Hokkaido.

Japanese media say that five people were rescued. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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