Rio de Janeiro grieves as families bury Flamengo fire victims

first_img Next Rio de Janeiro grieves as families bury Flamengo fire victimsFlamengo fire: Ten youth players were killed in a fire at the training centre of Rio de Janeiro soccer club Flamengo.advertisement Reuters Rio de JaneiroFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 12:03 IST Friends and relatives grieve during the funeral of Flamengo fire victims (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFire at the Flamingo training centre claimed lives of 10 youth playersFriends and family, many of them wearing Flamengo shirts, cried and chanted as they buried their loved onesOther fans laid flowers and messages at a makeshift memorial outside the training groundThe funerals of the teenagers who died in the fire that swept through Flamengo’s training ground in Rio have started to take place on Sunday, while the club defended itself over the cause of the blaze in the unauthorised lodgings.”How can a club as important as Flamengo allow for kids to sleep in containers,” Johnny Vinicius, the uncle of 15-year Christian Esmerio, said during the goalkeeper’s funeral service.”It’s absurd. Brazil has to do something to stop this so people stop dying with nobody being punished.”Esmerio was one of 10 boys aged between 14 and 16 who were killed on Friday morning when a fire that started in an air conditioning unit ripped through the makeshift dormitory at Flamengo’s training ground on the edge of Rio de Janeiro.Three others were injured, one of them seriously.The city mayor said the club did not have permission to build lodgings but the club said the dormitories were comfortable and adequate.The club issued a statement on Sunday saying the air conditioning units were checked by the operating company on February 5. Flamengo did not respond to a request for comment about the observations made by Esmerio’s uncle.Friends and family, many of them wearing Flamengo shirts, cried and chanted as they laid Esmerio to rest.Other fans laid flowers and messages at a makeshift memorial outside the training ground.Also Read | AC Milan’s Lucas Paqueta dedicates maiden Serie A goal to Flamengo fire victimsAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Flamengolast_img

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