BRASILIA - Ten people have died after a fire engulfed a dormitory at the youth team training centre of one of Brazil's biggest football clubs.
The inferno at Ninho do Urubu, the training ground of Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro, has also left three teenage players in a serious condition in hospital.
Firefighter Douglas Henaut told Globo News: "The kids from the Flamengo youth team were sleeping there at the time."
Brazilian news outlet G1 named the first fatality as Christian Esmerio, a goalkeeper.
Cauan Emanuel Gomes Nunes, 14, of Fortaleza, 15-year-old Francisco Diogo Bento Alves and Jonathan Cruz Ventura, also 15, have been named as the three teenage boys who are injured in hospital.
Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Henaut said athletes between 14 and 17 years were sleeping at the club, but that none of the dead had yet been identified.
The fire broke out at about 5.10am local time (7.10am UK time) and took more than two hours to bring under control.(FA)