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UNITED KINGDOM, February - Unique to the special interest, print magazine market is the new quarterly magazine, The Mahjong Collector, featuring articles on mahjong history, tile restorations, tile symbolism, set restoration and interviews with collectors. Filled with may stunning photos of a wide variety of tile sets, boxes, and other mahjong paraphernalia.

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Fire at Japanese mahjong parlor kills 4; possibly arson

Police initially discovered the bodies of three male customers at the site, and another man was later confirmed dead after being brought to a hospital.
Police are trying to identify the victims. The man who died after being hospitalized appeared to be in his sixties and apparently suffered a skull fracture after falling down while attempting to escape. All of the survivors are believed to be local residents.

A witness reported that the fire broke out after hearing a door close on the unmanned first floor, leading investigators to suspect that someone may have sneaked into the structure and set it alight.

"I heard a door close on the first floor. An employee went downstairs to see what happened, and screamed, 'Fire.' I tried to go down the stairs but couldn't because the stairway was filled with smoke," said a 49-year-old local resident who escaped unhurt.

The parlor was the target of another suspected arson last month, when some used tires left behind the building were set on fire on Oct. 14, investigators said. 
According to police, eight people (six customers and two employees) were playing mahjong on the second floor at the time of the fire. One of the employees who escaped the fire saw a curtain burning on the first floor where the fire is suspected to have originated.
   
© WikipediaThe owner of the parlor said he was already at home when the fire started and that there were no sprinklers or fire alarms installed in the parlor.
   
‘‘My predecessor died in October last year, and I took over the shop,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t recall anyone holding a grudge against me.’’

Hamamatsu (浜松市, Hamamatsu-shi) is the largest town in the prefecture of Shizuoka in Japan.

Read also: 44 die in Tokyo explosion 



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