Brazilian football club Flamengo’s Rio de Janeiro state-of-the-art training centre was caught up in a blaze, killing 10 people and injuring at least three
At least 10 people were killed in a massive blaze that swept through a training centre of Brazilian football club Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the early morning hours of Friday.
The fire broke out in a dormitory at the youth training ground where the players were sleeping, CNN reported quoting state-run news agency Agencia Brazil.
Flamengo is one of the most popular and biggest football clubs in the football-frenzy nation, playing their home games in Rio de Janeiro.
Zico, who is outside Brazil, wrote on Instagram: “What a shock getting this news here on the other side of the world,” the former Brazil midfielder wrote. “May the Red-and-Black nation have strength and faith to get through this moment.”
After years of financial difficulties, Flamengo last year spent 23 million reais ($6.2 million) to expand the Ninho do Urubu facilities. In addition to accommodation for young players, the facilities include several pitches, an aquatic park, a gym, a medical centre and a mini stadium.
Further details are awaited. ANI