Fire at Flamengo training centre in Rio kills 10

09 February, 2019, 06:00 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Firefighters remove the body of a victim from a damaged bus which was hit by a mudslide after heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Firefighters say 10 people have died in a fire at a training complex for the football club Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro.

The blaze broke out at Ninho do Urubu, a state-of-the-art training centre that was expanded two months ago.

In addition to accommodation for young players, the facilities include several pitches, an aquatic park, a gym, a medical centre and a mini-stadium.

The fire outbreak was said to have started in the early hours of the morning.

Apart from the 10 people reported to have lost their lives in the fire disaster, there are many persons who sustained serious injuries and are being treated in the hospital.

Beatriz Busch, the public health secretary for the state of Rio de Janeiro, said two of the injured were in stable condition while a third was in critical condition.

Reuters said the club spent 23 million reais (around $6 million) to renovate the training center previous year.

The Ninho do Urubu, or Vulture's Nest, gets its name from the club's symbol - a vulture.


Flamengo is the most popular club in football-crazed Brazil.

Vinicius Junior, the teenage Real Madrid forward who trained at the facility before joining for the Spanish giants previous year, tweeted his condolences.

Teenage Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior, who came up through the youth ranks at Flamengo before signing with the European Champions in 2017 for 45 million euros ($51 million), posted a message on Twitter asking people to pray for the victims.

"Flamengo is in mourning" the team said on its Twitter account. "I just spoke to Caix Suarez and he is alive", said Rodrigues, adding that the youth told him he ran when he saw the flames.

Zico, who is outside Brazil, wrote on Instagram: "What a shock getting this news here on the other side of the world", the former Brazil midfielder wrote.

Information from Reuters and the Associated Press were used in this report.

Ronaldinho tweeted: 'A very big sadness, my condolences and heartfelt feelings to all the family and the red-black nation.

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