Tragedy in Brazil after fire claims lives in Flamengo’s training ground
It is a black Friday for football fans after 10 persons were confirmed dead following a major fire which engulfed the training centre of Brazilian club Flamengo in Vargem Grande in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, the local fire department has stated. Three others were injured in the blaze, with one thought to be in a serious condition, and were taken to the Lourenco Jorge Municipal Hospital in Barra da Tijuca, also in the West Zone. According to Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Henaut of the fire service, the fire was in the accommodation in which the players sleep.
Those who survived the tragedy were identified as 14-year-old Caua Emanoel Gomes Nuines, as well as Francisco Diogo Bento Alves and Jonathan Cruz Ventura who are both 15 years old. “The site was at the accommodation where the players were sleeping. We have not identified the victims, that will be carried out by the civil police,” Douglas said in an interview with Globo TV. In addition, Douglas could not yet confirm the cause of the fire, but did speculate that those killed were sleeping when the blaze started. “There is a possibility that the victims were asleep due to the location and the time of the event. They may not have had time to leave.”
According to further information provided by the fire department, the situation is now under control. Flamengo had been scheduled to play against fierce rivals Fluminense on Saturday, but the football association for the state of Rio has confirmed that the match will be postponed pending discussions with the clubs and the TV rights holders. “The FERJ regrets the tragedy at the training centre of Flamengo and sympathises with the families of the victims. FERJ reports that this is not the time for Flamego vs Fluminense to go ahead and will discuss the matter with the clubs and the TV rights holders to decide on a rescheduled date.”
The tragedy at Flamengo comes just over three months after Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha along with the pilots of a helicopter and two staff of the Premier League club died in a crash in the club stadium’s parking lot a little over an hour after a league match. Some Leicester players, including goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, had been in tears as they walked around the memorial outside the stadium with its row upon and row of wreathes and replica jerseys with messages from clubs up and down the country. Hundreds of fans also gathered to pay their respects.
What a sad day in football?