Huge fire breaks out at world's largest fish market in Tokyo

Huge fire breaks out at Tsukiji fish market in TokyoYouTube

A huge fire broke out at Tsukiji market in Tokyo, the world's largest fish and seafood sales area, on Thursday (3 August).

More than 30 fire trucks were deployed to tackle the blaze, which spread to four large buildings, engulfing an area of 200sqm. No injuries have been reported so far.

The main area of the market, where most of the wholesalers have their stalls, was not destroyed.

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The Tokyo Fire Department said it was alerted to the incident at 4.50pm local time (8.50am BST).

Video footage shared on social media showed enormous clouds of smoke billowing in the air and flames devouring the market, which is a popular tourist destination.

Tsukiji draws tens of thousands of visitors every year, who come to see the famous tuna auctions and to taste some of the freshest sushi and seafood in the world.

Just last month it was announced that the market would move from its current side in the centre of Tokyo to a man-made island.

Tokyo's governor said the move was necessary as the buildings in which the market is held currently were constructed more than 80 years ago and are vulnerable to earthquakes.

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