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Fire at training ground of Brazilian club Flamengo -- 10 dead

Fire at training ground of Brazilian club Flamengo -- 10 dead”

The training center re-opened just two months ago after undergoing extensive upgrades and renovations.

The ages and identities of those killed or injured were not released. The call for help occurred at 05:17 and the report also states that there are three other people in serious condition.

After years of financial difficulties, Flamengo last year spent 23 million reais ($6.2 million) to expand the Ninho do Urubu training ground.

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

According to TV Globo, the exact location of the fire was in an old part of Nido del Urubu, which was used for lower categories of Flamengo Football Club.

Like many clubs who sign youngsters from across the country, the facility has accommodation for teenagers, although it was unclear exactly how many players were among the dead.

"What sad News! Praying for everyone!"

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

This is the second tragedy to hit Rio de Janeiro in the past 48 hours after at least six people died following a storm which caused floods and mudslides on Wednesday night. The facility was closed, and no officials had come out to address media. "He lost his phone, and all of his things, but the important thing is he is alive".

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



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