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Rio declared three days of mourning after a fire has killed 10 teenage footballers football



Rio de Janeiro has announced three days of mourning when the investigators wanted to investigate the cause of the fire that killed ten teenage footballers at the Flamengo football club training center on Friday morning.

Cláudio Castro, Lieutenant Governor According to the state of Rio de Janeiro, the authorities considered the possibility of a short circuit in an air conditioning system.

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6-year-old player who survived the fire, told Globo TV News that there was a lot of smoke filling the dorm. "Most did not make it because there was so much fire," he said.

The city said in a statement that the burnt area was registered for parking, not as a dorm, and that an investigation of the permitting process took place on the way.


Aerial photographs show the aftermath of a fire at the Flamengo Training Center – video

State Secretary for Public Health, Beatriz Busch, said three more players were injured in the fire. Two were in stable condition, but the third was seriously ill.

Several people, who seemed to be related, entered the complex on Friday night, without talking to reporters. Some were crying.

"We are desperate," said Flamengo President Rodolfo Landim outside the complex. "This is the worst tragedy the club has experienced in its 123 years. "The most important thing now is to keep the suffering of these families as low as possible."

The Mayor of Rio, Marcelo Crivella, ordered three days of mourning while Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro complained that the fire had taken the lives of young people beginning their professional dreams. "

Latin America's largest nation suffers from a modest infrastructure, often compounded by lax supervision over construction and endemic corruption.

Sebastião Rodrigues, the uncle of a player who died fifteen years old Samuel Thomas Rosa said his nephew had never complained about the circumstances. "He never told me anything bad about the training center," he said. "He liked the environment and his teammates there."





  Sebastiao Rodrigues, the uncle of one of the young players who died in the Flamengo training complex Flamengo, speaks to the press in Rio de Janeiro.



Sebastiao Rodrigues, the uncle of one of the young players who died in the fire. Photo: Léo Corrêa / AP

The identities of those killed were not released, but their names were known by family members and survivors.

The Associated Press reported that among the victims was also goalkeeper Christian (15), who was a regular in Brazilian youth teams and had allegedly already attracted the attention of some top European clubs.

Defender Pablo, 14, has been with Flamengo since last year and his cousin Werley already played professionally with his rival Vasco da Gama.

Forward Athila, 14, joined Flamengo from the same academy where Atlético Madrid striker played as a teenager before he flourished internationally.

"A sad news," said the Real Madrid striker Vinícius Júnior on Twitter.

Júnior had lived in the same complex the previous Friday Real Madrid bought it for just under 45 million euros (now 51 million dollars) less than two years ago.

"It gives me goosebumps to remind me of the nights and days spent at the training center," said the 18-year-old Brazilian. "I still can not believe it, I pray for everyone."

In Brazil, the passion for football is deep, and many of the best players in the world and top officials have expressed their condolences.





  Two young women, with Flamengo football kits, embrace a mass to commemorate the victims of the fire.



Two young women wearing Flamengo football kits embrace a mass to commemorate the victims of the fire. Photo: Léo Corrêa / AP

"It's a sad day for Brazilian football," tweeted Pelé, the country's most famous player.

Chapecoense, a team in southern Brazil that lost 22 players in a plane crash in 2016, said on Twitter, "We are extremely saddened and shaken by the news of the fire."

Flamengo is perhaps the most famous club in the world Landes with an estimated 40 million fans across the country Supporters are so connected to their academy team that the players have a motto for them: "Flamengo makes legends at home."

Among the most famous players coming through the club include Ronaldinho and Zico, former stars of the Brazilian national team, top scorer Adriano, who became famous at Inter Milan, and Júnior.


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