Fire broke out early Wednesday on a lower deck of a docked Soviet passenger liner, killing 11 people, injuring 35 and gutting the ship, fire officials said. All aboard were thought to be Soviet citizens.
The 4,870-ton Priamurye was carrying Communist Youth League members on a goodwill visit to Japan. Most passengers were sleeping at the time.Police said eight badly burned bodies were found on the lowest of three passenger decks, where the fire was discovered shortly before 2 a.m. (1 p.m. EDT Tuesday) in an area above the 406-foot ship's engine room.
The 11th body was found on an upper deck this afternoon, almost 12 hours later. Police said they believed no one else was missing from among the ship's 295 passengers and 129 crew members.
They said all the victims were passengers - seven men and four women - and that some of the bodies would be difficult to identify.
According to a tentative list issued by the Maritime Safety Agency, the 11 victims were between the ages of 22 and 35 and came from several Soviet cities.
Yoshihide Yasuda, spokesman of the Osaka Prefectural Police, told a news conference this evening that 15 of the 35 injured people remained hospitalized for smoke inhalation.