Fire at Flamengo training center kills 10

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 on Friday killed 10 members and injured three others of Flamengo's youth team at the Brazilian football club's training centre in Rio de Janeiro.

As news of the fire broke, several teams and players tweeted their condolences.

The fire swept through the club's newly expanded youth training center in the early hours of the morning and engulfed the dormitory in flames as the players were sleeping.

A woman yells that the police is going to execute several alleged traffickers during an operation conducted at Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

The injured were taken to local hospitals and their conditions were not immediately known, said the official.

Rio's deputy governor, Claudio Castro said "preliminary information indicates there were young players and staff" amongst the dead.

After years of financial difficulties, Flamengo last year spent $6.2 million United States to expand the Ninho do Urubu training ground.

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The country's biggest current star Neymar, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in France, posted a picture on his Instagram account of the Flamengo club badge with the words: "My sympathies".

Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's most violent cities with frequent shootouts between police and drug gangs and an annual homicide rate of around 50 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Vinicius Junior, the teenage Real Madrid forward who trained at the facility before joining for the Spanish giants a year ago, tweeted his condolences.

The facility, which translates to the "Vulture's Nest", is so called because the club's symbol is a vulture.

Outside the complex, an AP reporter saw two ambulances and a fire truck enter.

Brazil's Pele, widely regarded as the best player to ever live, said: "It's a very sad day for Brazilian football". "May the Red-and-Black nation have strength and faith to get through this moment".

Officials postponed Saturday's two semifinals of the Guanabara Cup, one of which was between Flamengo and Rio rival Fluminense.

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