Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

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

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

The ages and identities of those killed were not released but the three injured were 14, 15 and 16, the fire official said.

Local media are suggesting the fire broke out in a dormitory where youth players sleep, but fire officials could not confirm that.

Teenage Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior, who came up through the youth ranks at Flamengo before signing with the European Champions in 2017 for 45 million euros ($52 million), posted a message on Twitter asking people to pray for the victims.

One of them was identified as Christian Esmerio, a 15-year-old goalkeeper.

The cause is not yet known.

Friends, fans and journalists stand at the entrance of the Flamengo soccer training centre as they wait for information after a fire in the facilities of the soccer club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. All three were taken to hospital, one of them reportedly in a serious condition.

Aerial imagery made by "Record" and "Globo" broadcasters shows a red-black CT area completely destroyed by flames. Many players, particularly those who live outside of Rio de Janeiro, stay at the facilities while training.

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

"We are extremely sad and shaken by the news of the fire", tweeted Chapeco, a team in southern Brazil that lost 22 players in a plane crash in 2016.

According to Reuters news agency, the site features accommodation for young players, several pitches, an aquatic park, a gym, a medical centre and a mini stadium.

The Ninho do Urubu, or Vulture's Nest, is so called because the club's symbol is a vulture.

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

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

Flamengo have a youth development programme for promising young players in their early teens.

Like this: