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Young players die in Rio fire

February 9, 2019 6:20 am

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

The victims have not been named but are said to include young players 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.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

However, one young player said the fire started in an air conditioner in his room.

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.

Club president Rodolfo Landim told reporters this was “without a doubt the worst tragedy this club has been through” in its 123-year history.