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Sunday, Nov 17, 2019

Fire at Brazilian soccer team complex leaves 10 dead, 3 hurt

The fire broke out at Ninho do Urubu, a state-of-the-art training centre that was expanded and opened only two months ago.

world Updated: Feb 08, 2019 17:01 IST
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Fire in Brazil kills at least 10 in Flamengo youth football facility. (Representative Image)
Fire in Brazil kills at least 10 in Flamengo youth football facility. (Representative Image)(AFP)
         

A fire at the training centre of Rio de Janeiro soccer club Flamengo killed 10 people and injured at least three others on Friday, firefighters said.

The fire broke out at Ninho do Urubu, a state-of-the-art training centre that was expanded and opened only two months ago.

It was not known if any players were hurt in the blaze, although the club has accommodation for teenage players at the ground.

“The kids from the Flamengo youth team were sleeping there at the time,” firefighter Douglas Henaut told Globo News.

The fire followed days of heavy rains that hit the city and killed at least six people.

The alma mater of players such as Zico, Junior and Leonardo, Flamengo is one of the best-supported clubs in Brazil and is well-known around the world.