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Fire outbreak claims 10 Flamengo academy players

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

Three people were also injured when the fire broke out at Ninho de Urubu, the training ground of Flamengo football club, in Rio de Janeiro.

All 10 victims are said by local media to be young athletes. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Flamengo is one of Brazil’s biggest and best-known clubs internationally.

They currently sit at second place in Brazil’s Série A table – and have won the league five times.

Former player and Brazil football legend, Ronaldinho, offered his condolences for the “terrible tragedy” in an early tweet on Friday morning.

He published the club’s crest in black-and-white alongside the message.

According to the G1 news portal, the fire began at 05:10 (07:10 GMT) and was extinguished by 07:30.

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

Those injured in the blaze and were taken to a nearby hospital, firefighters say. The area has been hit by severe storms and heavy rain in recent days.

The weather may have left the facility without water or electricity when the fire struck, reports on G1 say.
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