10 Brazilian Youths Die After Fire Breaks Out In A Dormitory At The Youth Training Center
Flamengo Dormitory Fire: Ten Youth Footballer Died And Three Injured
- Ten youth footballer died and three injured after a fire broke out in a dormitory of the Flamengo Football CLub.
- The fire broke out in the early hours of Friday morning which took around two hours for the the firefighter to take the fire under control.
- Several football stars including Pele and Vinicius Jr. paid their tribute to the demised and injured youth footballer.
- One of the athlete's mother told that the training was off for the day and there were pretty fewer athletes in the dorm.
- She further told the casualties would have been far more if it was the usual training day.
Ten youth footballers died and three others injured in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after a fire broke out in a dormitory at a training center of football club Flamengo. Authorities reported the fire broke out in the early hours of Friday morning.
Firefighters who responded to the huge blazes that engulfed a dormitory where the youths had been sleeping weren't able to save the children's life.
The authorities announced the ten victims in a news conference later on Friday as Samuel Thomas Rosa, 15; Christian Esmerio Candido, 15; Rykelmo de Souza Vianna, 16; Athila de Souza Paizão, 14; Jorge Eduardo Santos, 15; Arthur Vinícius de Barros Silva Freitas, 14; Gedson Santos, 14; Bernardo Pisetta, 14; Vitor Isaías, 15; and Pablo Henrique da Silva Matos, 14.
Further, the injured were identified as Francisco Diogo Bento Alves, 15; Jonathan Cruz Ventura, 15; and Cauan Emanuel Gomes Nunes, 14.
Rodolfo Landim, the Flamengo president conducted his condolences to the demised and the injured saying the incident was "the biggest tragedy this club has been through." The president added, "It's a huge sadness, it's not easy."
Brazil's vice president and one of the club's ardent fans, Gen. Hamilton Mourao released a statement saying "As a fan and sportsman I stand in solidarity with the families, the club and the Red-and-Black nation. May God comfort all."
According to the initial reports, the fire broke out at around 5:10 am local time and it took more than two hours for the firefighters to bring the fire under control. But it is still unknown what started the fire.
A mother of one of the athletes told that the Friday had been canceled and the players were allowed to meet their parents who live in Rio, however, the players whose family reside far from Rio stayed in the dorms overnight. The woman further said if there was training on Friday, the tragedy would have been even worse.
Meanwhile, several sportspersons including the great Pele and Real Madrid star, Vinicius Junior paid their tribute to the victims of the heartwrenching incident on Twitter. Vinicius Jr., who transferred to the Spanish giant from the Flamengo last season wrote: "Just remember the nights and days I spent at the training center, it gives me goosebumps."
Só de lembrar as noites e dias que passei no ct, é de arrepiar. Ainda sem acreditar, mas em oração por todos! Que Deus abençoe a família de cada um! pic.twitter.com/RcBsdH3GME
— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) February 8, 2019
Pele, three-times World Cup winner wrote "It's very a very sad day for Brazilian football," in his tweet.
— Pelé (@Pele) February 8, 2019
Flamengo's greatest rivals including Sao Paulo also shared their tribute on Friday. They wrote "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims of the fire at Flamengo Training Center," in their tweet.