A fire at the training centre of Rio de Janeiro soccer club Flamengo killed 10 people and injured at least three others on Friday, firefighters said.
The pre-dawn blaze in Rio de Janeiro hit a building that housed youth-category players aged 14 to 17, firefighters also said.
The fire broke out at Ninho do Urubu, a state-of-the-art training centre that was expanded and opened only two months ago. The facility has accommodation for teenage players.
“The kids from the Flamengo youth team were sleeping there at the time,” firefighter Douglas Henaut told Globo News.
The cause was not immediately known.
Globo TV broadcast aerial footage of the fire, which it said had been brought under control after it burned for two hours.
The fire broke out at 5 am in the Vargem Grande district of Rio in a modern facility where the top-flight professional Flamengo squad also trains, the news website G1 said.
Vinicius Junior, the teenage Real Madrid forward who trained at the facility before joining for the Spanish giants last year, tweeted his condolences.
“What sad News! Praying for everyone! Strength, strength, strength,” he wrote.
The fire follows days of heavy rains that hit the city and claimed at least six lives.
The dead were six players and four team staff, the channel Sportv said.
The main team had been due to practice at the same facility later in the morning.
Youth league teams also train at the facility, known as Ninho do Urubu.
Flamengo is the most popular club in football-crazed Brazil.
Distraught relatives rushed to the facility seeking information about loved ones, TV footage showed.
Flamengo, the alma mater of players such as Zico, Junior and Leonardo, is one of the best-supported clubs in Brazil and is famous around the world.
Known by fans as the red-and-black, they won the Copa Libertadores, South America’s version of the Champions League, in 1981 and lifted the Intercontinental Cup a few months later.