8 Fire Trucks Sent To Nintendo HQ In Japan After Fire

Emergency services were called to Nintendo’s headquarters in Kyoto, Japan, after a small fire broke out inside the building.

The original story of the Japanese news publication NHK reports that the fire broke out at 1 p.m. local time on Monday (August 15) at the publisher’s development building (translation via VGC).

Eight fire engines were dispatched to the headquarters, but the small fire was quickly spotted by employees before they arrived. It has been confirmed that no one was injured in the fire.

According to police cited in the initial report, desks and chairs in a third-floor room were caught in the fire.

Nintendo switch. Credit: Nintendo

Emergency services are still investigating the origins of the fire, but it has been reported that conditions at the scene suggest it was caused by an electronic device being charged. At present, it is not known what this device could be.

Elsewhere, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has announced that the company has no plans to increase the price of the Nintendo Switch, despite rising manufacturing costs.

It was reported earlier this month that Nintendo Switch sales fell 23% due to a shortage of semiconductor components. In a recent interview, Furukawa responded to reports and talked about ramping up production after a shortage of manufacturing supplies.

“We’ve been on track to improve since the second half of this summer,” he said. Furukawa added that the company is also on track to sell 21 million Switch units this fiscal year, although reports indicate that earnings for fiscal year 2022 to 2023 are currently expected to decline by 29%. “Beyond that, things are uncertain,” he added.

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