Fire at Flamengo football training centre kills 10 people

Heather Diaz
February 8, 2019

The Ninho de Urubu centre was expanded two months ago, Reuters news agency reports.

None of the victims has been identified but players aged between 14 and 17 are known to have used the dormitory.

Aerial images from Globo TV showed firefighters walking through a charred area with smoke emerging.

People wait for information in front of the training center of Rio's soccer club Flamengo, after a deadly fire in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 8, 2019.

Television channel Globo reported that youth players were among the dead, although it did not cite its sources.

After years of financial difficulties, Flamengo last year spent $6.2 million United States to expand the Ninho do Urubu training ground.

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"The kids from the Flamengo youth team were sleeping there at the time", a firefighter told Brazilian news network GloboNews. Many players, particularly those who live outside of Rio de Janeiro, stay at the facilities while training.

The Ninho do Urubu, or Vulture's Nest is so called because the club's symbol is a vulture. The rains led Flamengo to close parts of its social club and cancel regular training sessions it organises for children.

There has been a major fire at Flamengo FC sports complex in Vargem Grande on Friday morning, one that has reportedly killed ten people.

"What sad News! Praying for everyone!" The facility was closed, and no officials had come out to address media.

"I am very happy". "Today I woke up and heard this awful news".

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