YOUNG athletes are among ten people killed after fire engulfed a dormitory at a training facility for one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs this morning (Friday).
The blaze broke out at the Ninho de Urubu complex, used by Flamengo football club, in Rio de Janeiro as players, reportedly aged between 14 and 18, were sleeping.
According to Brazil newspaper, O Globo_Rio, three young people were injured, one of them seriously, and they have been taken to the Municipal Hospital Lourenco Jorge, in Barra.
The fire broke out at 5.10am and was extinguished by 7.30am. The cause is as yet unknown.
None of the deceased have been identified as yet, but newspaper reports claim the number of fatalities could have been higher if a training session, scheduled for today, had not been cancelled.
Mothers of young players told reporters that ‘this released the young people who live in Rio to sleep in their own homes. Only players who came from outside, such as Cauan Emanuel, stayed overnight’.
La Liga’s Real Madrid player Vinicius Jr, from Rio de Janeiro, tweeted this morning: “What sad news! Let us pray for all. Strength, strength and strength.”