Flamengo fire death victims all teenagers

A fire has engulfed a dormitory at the youth team training centre of one of Brazil's biggest football clubs, killing 10 people.

There was no word on the cause of the fire.

Local reports in Brazil indicate 10 people are feared dead and others are seriously injured at the Urubu's Nest, which also provides accomodation for some of the club's young players.

The fire reportedly broke out as the players were sleeping, the cause of which is unknown.

The Rio de Janeiro mayor's office said that the dormitory destroyed by the blaze was built on land that was not registered for buildings and that the club had no permission to erect lodgings there.

Overhead images captured by an AP drone showed a charred area with smoke emerging.

Family, friends and fans gathered to pay their respects at a mass ceremony held in memory of the young players and staff lost in the Flamengo football club fire.

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"Still without believing, but in prayer for all!"

The club have posted a message on its Twitter feed which says: "Flamengo is in mourning".

Jefferson Rodrigues, who runs a small inn near the club, said he had reached a 15-year-old player he had befriended.

Reuters said the club spent 23 million reais (around $6 million) to renovate the training center previous year. Violence has worsened in Falled-Fogueteiro, where two rival drug trafficking groups fight one another, the report said.

'He never told me anything bad about the training centre, ' Mr Rodriguez said.

The fire brigade said in a statement that the center was "in the process of" meeting fire safety standards but did not yet have a certificate of approval.

Chapecoense, who lost 22 players in a plane crash in 2016, said on Twitter: 'We are extremely sad and shaken by the news of the fire'.

Neither club responded to telephone calls and emails.

"The majority of [the team] stayed, my friends stayed [at the facility]", he said.

Brazilian clubs often provide accommodations to players from outside the city, although local sports columnist Juca Kfouri told The New York Times that living conditions are historically "atrocious".

Vanessa Coleman

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