Five teenage girls die trapped in Escape Room after fire breaks out

Five teenage girls die trapped in Escape Room after fire breaks out

Police and fire officials said they did not yet know what started the blaze in the escape room.

Investigators in Poland have blamed a gas leak in a heating system for the fire, with firefighters claiming the tragedy occurred due to the lack of an effective evacuation route.

Autopsies showed the girls died of carbon monoxide asphyxiation, prosecutors said. One man survived but was seriously injured. He was to be questioned.

(AP) Five teenage girls were killed in a fire at an "Escape Room" venue in Poland.

Attorneys for the man charged said he was "deeply distraught" by the deaths and has expressed deep condolences to the families before the prosecutors.

A government official confirmed the five girls who died were all 15 years of age. If convicted, he could face up to eight years in prison.

Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said the girls were all 15-years-old.

Authorities carried out inspections at least 178 escape rooms across Poland over the weekend and found that 129 of them did not meet health or safety standards.

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Escape rooms, popular around the world, offer a live-action experience in which players are locked in a room and given one hour to solve a series of clues and riddles to get out.

The fire broke out at 5 in the afternoon in one of the escape rooms in Koszalin.

Firefighters put out a blaze in an adjacent room and then used specialist equipment to break into the locked room.

Police chief Jaroslaw Szymczyk said other people had previously posted critical remarks online about the safety of that escape room site, but local officials were not notified.

Four of the five young victims were last night named in local news reports social media as Karolina Barabas, Wiktoria Julia Pietras, Gosia Tymieniecka and Amelia Wieczorek. People left hundreds of lights, toys and white flowers by the fence.

He called the teenagers' deaths an "immense tragedy".

Since Friday, more than 200 escape rooms in Poland have been checked revealing many have safety flaws that need to be fixed immediately.

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