Fire breakout that took 10 lives, and left three in serious injury at Flamengo’s youth training center in Vargem Grande in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro. These was comfirmed by the local fire department.
The three injured victims were taken to the Lourenco Jorge Municipal Hospital in Barra da Tijuca, also in the West Zone. With one in a very critical condition. The cause of the fire is yet to be known.
Among the 10 victims who were identified dead, who’s ages ranges from 14-16 was Christian Esmerio, a 15-year-old goalkeeper.
Some of the victims that survived the outbreak were identified as Caua Emanoel Gomes Nuines (14 years), Francisco Diogo Bento Alves (15 years), and Jonathan Cruz Ventura (15).
According to the clubs president Rodolfo Landim “This is the worst tragedy to happen to the club in its 123 years.” when he was addressing the crowd who came to sympathies with friends and families.
The site of the tragedy was the accommodation of the players, where the players were sleeping. Although, the cause of the fire is not clear but suspect was the air-condition room.
Tributes has been pouring in from football fans, players and icons of football around the world.
Vinicius Jr. Real Madrid forward who came up from the Flamengo’s youth academy before moving to Spain, tweeted: “What sad news! Let’s pray for everyone. Strength, strength and strength.”
He added: “Just to remember the nights and days that I spent [at the centre], is to shiver. Still not believing, but in prayer for all! May God bless each one’s family!”
Zico, one of the club legends posted on Instagram: “May God comfort the families who lost their children, grandchildren, brothers, nephews, relatives. Youngsters that dreamed of having a future in their lives and many, without a doubt, looking to help their families…Lives are gone. May the Black and red nation have the strength and faith to overcome this moment.”
Ronaldinho, another academy produce of the club, Twitted: “It is a very big sadness, my thoughts and condolenses are with all the family members and the Red-and-Black nation. Terrible tragedy!!!”
Pele regarded as football greatest of all time provided his sentiments, saying: “My day started with the news of about the [training camp] of @Flamengo — a place where young ones pursue their dreams. It is a sad day for Brazilian football.”
Saturday’s two semifinals of the Guanabara Cup, has been postponed by officials. one of which was between Flamengo and Rio rival Fluminense.