Ten dead in fire at football club ground in Brazil

Firefighters remove the body of a victim from a damaged bus which was hit by a mudslide after heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Firefighters remove the body of a victim from a damaged bus which was hit by a mudslide after heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

A fire at the training centre of Rio de Janeiro football club Flamengo has killed 10 people and injured at least three others, firefighters have said.

Aerial imagery made by "Record" and "Globo" broadcasters shows a red-black CT area completely destroyed by flames.

Of the ten, four are Flamengo youth team players, two are young boys on trial, and four are club employees.

The fire reportedly broke out as players were sleeping.

After years of financial difficulties, Flamengo last year spent $6.2 million USA to expand the Ninho do Urubu training ground. Many players, particularly those who live outside of Rio de Janeiro, stay at the facilities while training.

The club have posted a message on its Twitter feed which says: "Flamengo is in mourning". The facility, which translates to the "Vulture's Nest", is so called because the club's symbol is a vulture.

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This is the second tragedy to hit Rio de Janeiro in the past 48 hours after at least six people died following a storm which caused floods and mudslides on Wednesday night.

According to Reuters news agency, the site features accommodation for young players, several pitches, an aquatic park, a gym, a medical centre and a mini stadium.

Family members, friends and neighbors were gathering outside in hopes of getting information.

The Brazilian newspaper O Globo released pictures of the affected parts of the training ground on Friday morning.

"I am very happy". "He lost his phone, and all of his things, but the important thing is he is alive".

The blaze, which engulfed a dormitory at the youth team training centre, occurred when players were asleep. Instead, he went to a friend's house. "Today I woke up and heard this bad news".

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