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Flamengo football club: Victims named in Rio fire 10 Feb 2019 10:22 #14020

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Flamengo football club: Victims named in Rio fire
8 February 2019

A fire has engulfed a dormitory at the youth team training centre of one of Brazil's biggest football clubs, killing 10 teenage players.

The victims were all staying at Ninho de Urubu, the training ground of Flamengo football club in Rio de Janeiro.
Three teenagers were also injured, one of them seriously. He has been taken to hospital for specialist treatment.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze.
However, local media report that the accommodation area was officially licensed by the state as a car park.

One young player said the fire started in an air conditioner in his room.
"The air conditioner caught fire and I ran out," said Felipe Cardoso, a player with the under-17 side. "Thank God I managed to run and I'm still alive."

Flamengo is one of Brazil's biggest and best-known clubs internationally. They play in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A league where they finished in second place last season.

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