Brazil Flamengo football club fire, At least three others injured

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Brazil Flamengo football club fire, At least three others injured.

A early morning fire at Flamengo football club’s youth team training ground in Rio de Janeiro has killed ten people and injured at least three others, said Brazilian firefighters.

Members of the youth side are believed to be among the dead, according to media reports in Brazil.

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The fire happened shortly after 5am at the Urubu’s Nest training centre in the capital city, with an accommodation block completely destroyed by the blaze.

Youth team players, aged between 14 and 17, are undertood to have slept inside the dormitory at the training complex.

None of those killed have been formally identified yet, but the Brazilian TV channel Globo said teenagers from the youth side were among those killed.

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Three teenagers injured in the blaze, aged 14, 15 and 16 according to a fire official, were taken to hospital for treatment.

The fire began shortly after 5am local and was extinguished just over two-and-a-half hours later around 6.30am.

Images from Globo TV from a helicopter showed smoke emerging from a charred area.

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Flamengo, one of the Brazil’s most popular clubs, plays in the country’s top league – Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A. Its youth development program is for promising young players in their early teens.

The state-of-the-art training centre was expanded two months ago, according to Reuters.

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