Two hours football Academy fire claims 10 lives in Brazil

Two hours football Academy fire claims 10 lives in Brazil

Of the ten, four are Flamengo youth team players, two are young boys on trial, and four are club employees. All three were taken to a hospital, one of them reportedly in serious condition.

The fire followed days of heavy rains that hit the city and killed at least six people.

One young player, however, told reporters the fire started in his room. The fire official said that could not be confirmed.

"We are distraught", Flamengo President Rodolfo Landim said outside the complex, where friends, fans and neighbors gathered, some forming a circle to pray.

This is certainly the biggest tragedy this club has ever experienced in its 123-year history with the lives of these 10 people lost.

Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior, who joined the club from Flamengo previous year, said: "Just remembering the nights and days I spent at the training center, it gives me goosebumps".

The blaze broke out at 5:00 am in the Vargem Grande district of Rio in a modern facility where the top-flight professional Flamengo squad also trains, the news website G1 said.

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While there is still no information on what caused the blaze, it was brought under control within two hours.

The Ninho de Urubu ("Vulture's Nest" - so named because the symbol of the club is a vulture) centre underwent a major expansion past year, with the club spending 23m reals (£4.8m, $6.2m), Reuters news agency reports.

Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior, who trained at the centre while being a part of Flamengo's youth academy before moving to Spain, tweeted: "What sad news!"

The Ninho do Urubu, or Vulture's Nest is so called because the club's symbol is a vulture.

Known by fans as the red-and-black, they won the Copa Libertadores, South America's version of the Champions League, in 1981 and lifted the Intercontinental Cup a few months later.

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.

"Lastly, I want to say that all of us in the club are in mourning". But rival teams across Brazil, including fellow Rio sides Botafogo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama, tweeted their solidarity.

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