A fire engulfed a dormitory at the youth team training centre of one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs on Friday, leaving 10 people dead. Three teenagers were also injured, one of them seriously.
The victims could not be identified initially, “but are said to include young players staying at Ninho de Urubu, the training ground of Flamengo football club in Rio de Janeiro”, BBC reported
The cause of the blaze was being investigated till last reports.
However, one young player said the fire started in an air conditioner in his room.
“The air conditioner caught fire, and I ran out,” said Felipe Cardoso, a player with the under-17 side.
“Thank God I managed to run and I’m still alive.”
Flamengo is one of Brazil’s biggest and best-known clubs internationally. They play in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A league where they finished in second place last season.
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Club president Rodolfo Landim told reporters this was “without a doubt the worst tragedy this club has been through” in its 123-year history.