The Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fire tore through the sleeping quarters of an academy for one of Brazil’s most popular professional soccer clubs Friday, killing 10 people and injuring three, most likely teenage players, authorities said.
Firefighters were called just after 5 a.m. local time to the sprawling Ninho de Urubu training grounds of the Flamengo soccer club in Rio de Janeiro’s western region. Overhead images captured by an Associated Press drone showed a smoky, charred area of the complex.
“Flamengo is in mourning” the team said on its Twitter account.
The cause of the fire was not known.
“This is the worst tragedy to happen to the club in its 123 years,” Flamengo President Rodolfo Landim said.