Fire engulfed the building and white and black smoke billowed from its charred windows.
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the attack in the city of Kyoto -- the latest grisly killing in a nation widely known for its low crime rates -- "too appalling for words" and offered condolences.Police detained a 41-year-old man who shouted "die" as he poured what appeared to be petrol around the three-story Kyoto Animation building shortly after 10 a.m. local time, public broadcaster NHK reported.Thirty-three people were confirmed dead, an official for the Kyoto City Fire Department said.Kyoto, some 450 kilometers west of Tokyo, is the ancient capital of Japan and major tourist draw for its ancient temples and cultural sites.Many posted with the hashtag "#PrayForKyoani" -- using an abbreviation for Kyoto Animation.The studio has an outsized role in Japan's animation industry that outstrips the list of works it has produced, Tokyo-based film commentator Yuichi Maeda said.
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