Sadako's house burned down and her grandmother died.
The atomic explosion knocked over most of the houses in Sadako's neighborhood.
Her own house was leaning precariously. The flames that soon leapt up
here and there grew into a huge fire that consumed Sadako's house and
the Sasaki Barbershop. The family had escaped by that time, but Sadako's
grandmother returned home and was burned to death.
Fujie, the daughter of Chizuko, who ran the barbershop together
with Mrs. Sasaki, had left her school to participate in building demolition.
She was exposed at the demolition site. Though Fujie was being cared
for at a temple in the suburbs, by the time Mr. Sasaki hurried out there
to get her, she was already dead. Sadako lost 12 relatives to the atomic
bombing. Because Sadako's family had lost their house, they moved in
with Mrs. Sasaki's parents (Sadako's grandparents) in the northern part
of Hiroshima Prefecture.