10 die in fire at Flamengo training ground

Rex Christensen
February 8, 2019

Aerial imagery made by "Record" and "Globo" broadcasters shows a red-black CT area completely destroyed by flames.

Local media reported that the fire happened in a dorm where youth players sleep.

Crews were called just after 5am to the Ninho de Urubu training ground of the Flamengo club in western Rio de Janeiro, a fire official said.

"The kids from the Flamengo youth team were sleeping there at the time", a firefighter told Brazilian news network GloboNews.

Flamengo is one of Brazil's biggest and best-known clubs.

After years of financial difficulties, Flamengo last year spent 23 million reais ($6.2 million) to expand the Ninho do Urubu facilities.

Like many clubs who sign youngsters from across the country, the facility has accommodation for teenagers, although it was unclear exactly how many players were among the dead.

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According to TV Globo, the exact location of the fire was in an old part of Nido del Urubu, which was used for lower categories of Flamengo Football Club.

There has been a major fire at Flamengo FC sports complex in Vargem Grande on Friday morning, one that has reportedly killed ten people.

Outside the complex, an Associated Press reporter saw two ambulances and a fire truck enter.

Family members, friends and neighbours were gathering outside in hopes of getting information.

The blaze, which engulfed a dormitory at the youth team training centre, occurred when players were asleep. Instead, he went to a friend's house.

"What sad News! Praying for everyone!" "Today I woke up and heard this bad news".

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