Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Fire at Flamengo football training centre kills 10 people

Ten dead in fire at football club ground in Brazil Flamengo football club: Ten die in Rio de Janeiro fire
Rita Gibson | 08 February, 2019, 21:39

A blaze has engulfed a dormitory at the youth team training centre of one of Brazil's biggest football clubs, killing 10 people, local media report.

The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning at the Ninho do Urubu, a state-of-the-art training centre that was expanded and opened only two months ago.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

He did not take questions from reporters who also were outside the complex but added: "The most important thing right now is to minimise the suffering of these families".

Three teenagers were also injured, one of them seriously.

The fire reportedly broke out as players were sleeping.

The fire brigade said in a statement that the center was "in the process of" meeting fire safety standards but did not yet have a certificate of approval. "This is the worst tragedy to happen to the club in its 123 years".

Joao Pedro da Cruz, a 16-year-old player in the Flamengo youth league, told G1 news portal that he decided not to stay the night at the facility Thursday because the team wasn't going to train on Friday.

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Globo have since followed up the story by giving more information on the dead.

"For poor kids, many see it as the only path", he said.

The Ninho de Urubu ("Vulture's Nest" - so named because the symbol of the club is a vulture) centre underwent a major expansion past year, with the club spending 23m reals (£4.8m, $6.2m), Reuters news agency reports.

It would appear that upon hearing the news, Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr - who joined from the Braziian club, tweeted: "What sad news!"

The Ninho do Urubu, or Vulture's Nest is so called because the club's symbol is a vulture.

It was not known if any players were hurt in the blaze, although the club has accommodation for teenage players at the ground. "Strength, strength, strength", Junior wrote on Twitter.

Debris from the fire at Flamengo football club's training complex litters the ground in Rio de Janeiro.

Flamengo won the Copa Libertadores in 1981 and won the Intercontinental Cup in the same year, beating Liverpool 3-0 in the final in Tokyo. "May the Black and red nation have the strength and faith to overcome this moment".

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