Football fans in Brazil were in for a shock on Friday after a fire at the training centre of Rio de Janeiro biggest soccer club which killed 10 people and injured at least three others. According to the reports the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning at the Ninho do Urubu, a state-of-the-art training centre that was expanded and opened only two months ago. The facility has accommodation for teenage players.
According to ESPN Brazil’s official news agency, citing the club, identified the 10 victims, whose ages range from 14 to 17. They are: Athila Paixao (14 years), Arthur Vinicius Barros da Silva Freitas (14), Bernardo Pisetta (15), Christian Esmerio (15), Jorge Eduardo Santos (15), Pablo Henrique da Silva Matos (14), Vitor Isaias (14), Samuel Thomas Rosa(15), Rykelmo Des Souza Viana (17), and Gedson Santos (14).
The three injured youths — Jhonata Cruz Ventura (15 years), Cauan Emanuel Gomes Nunes (14), and Francisco Diogo Bento Alves (15) were taken to area hospitals, the club said on Friday. Ventura remains in a critical situation with burns on 30 percent of his body. 13 other players escaped the sleeping quarters.
Flamengo last year spent 23 million reais ($6.2 million) to expand the Ninho do Urubu facilities. In addition to accommodation for young players, the facilities include several pitches, an aquatic park, a gym, a medical centre, and a mini stadium.
Current and former players paid respect to the victims of the tragedy. Vinicius Junior, the teenage Real Madrid forward who trained at the facility tweeted his condolences. “What sad News! Praying for everyone! Strength, strength, strength,” he wrote.
Zico wrote on Instagram: “What a shock getting this news here on the other side of the world,” the former Brazil midfielder wrote. “May the Red-and-Black nation have strength and faith to get through this moment.”