Brazil mourns after football training facility fire kills 10

Brazil mourns after football training facility fire kills 10

A fire swept through the training centre of Rio de Janeiro football club Flamengo on Friday, killing 10 people, including members of the club's youth side, firefighters and news reports said.

While there is still no information on what caused the blaze, it was brought under control within two hours.

"Those who died were athletes", she said, adding that their identities had not been released and the cause of the fire was unknown.

The club have posted a message on its Twitter feed which says: "Flamengo is in mourning".

Tributes poured in from the world of football.

"We are extremely sad and shaken by the news of the fire", tweeted Chapecoense, a team in southern Brazil that lost 22 players in a plane crash in 2016. "Pray for everyone. Strength strength, strength".

The club spent roughly $6.2 million to expand the training ground known as "Ninho do Urubu" over the past year.

Local media reported that the fire started in a dormitory where youth players sleep.

The fire broke out at 5 am in the Vargem Grande district of Rio in a modern facility where the top-flight professional Flamengo squad also trains, the news website G1 said.

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

The Rio de Janeiro governor, Wilson Witzel, has declared three days of mourning for the deaths of those affected by the floods and the fire.

Officials postponed Saturday's two semifinals of the Guanabara Cup, one of which was between Flamengo and Fluminense.

Jefferson Rodrigues, who runs a small inn near the club, said he had reached a 15-year-old player he had befriended. "He lost his phone, and all of his things, but the important thing is he is alive".

The Brazilian news channel identified at least six of the dead as youth players.

Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr came through Flamengo's system and not long ago was living in the training facility.

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

Players reportedly were still asleep in the center's dormitory when flames engulfed the building. "Today I woke up and heard this awful news".

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