Fire at Flamengo football training centre kills 10 people

Fire at Flamengo football training centre kills 10 people

A fire tore through the sleeping quarters of an academy for one of Brazil's most popular professional football clubs on Friday (Saturday NZT), killing 10 people and injuring three, most likely teenage players, authorities said.

The centre is located in the west of Rio de Janeiro, and according to the city's fire department ten lives have been lost.

Tributes from other clubs were quick to come in.

In addition to the deaths, three people were injured.

The cause is not yet known.

"We are distraught", Flamengo President Rodolfo Landim said outside the complex, where friends, fans and neighbours gathered, some in prayer.

Former Flamengo forward Vinicius Junior, now at Real Madrid, posted about the incident on social media.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, who is in semi-intensive care in hospital following surgery on his abdomen, said he felt "the families' pain". But rival teams across Brazil, including fellow Rio sides Botafogo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama, tweeted their solidarity.

Flamengo made no official statement other than to tweet that it was in mourning.

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As news of the fire broke, several teams and players expressed their condolences on Twitter.

"Just by thinking about the days and nights I spent in the training center gives me goose bumps", said the 18-year-old. I'm left in disbelief, but praying for everyone.

Globo TV broadcast aerial footage of the fire, which it said had been brought under control after it burned for two hours. Many players, particularly those who live outside of Rio de Janeiro, stay at the facilities while training.

"The majority of them [the team] stayed, my friends stayed [at the facility]", he said.

A woman yells that the police is going to execute several alleged traffickers during an operation conducted at Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. He published the club's crest in black-and-white alongside the message.

The Ninho do Urubu, or Vulture's Nest, gets its name from the club's symbol - a vulture.

Pele provided his sentiments, saying: "My day started with the news of about the [training camp] of @Flamengo - a place where young ones pursue their dreams".

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

The training camp is in an area of western Rio that was hit by a fierce storm on Wednesday night.

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