translated by Brett Larner
At around 5:40 a.m. on Mar. 18, a neighbor spotted flames coming from the Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima home of former Team Chugoku Denryoku marathoner Teruto Ozaki, 34. The two-story, 100 square meter wood-frame home was complete destroyed by the fire. According to prefectural authorities, Teruto resided at the home with his wife and four children. All six were sleeping at the time of the fire but escaped unharmed.
Ozaki finished 5th at the 2006 Beijing Marathon, where he ran his best of 2:13:28. He retired from racing in January this year.