Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Sport - Reuters sports­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

RIODEJANEIRO: The fire that killed 10 young foot­ballers at Fla­mengo’s train­ing ground was caused by a spike of elec­tric­ity that led to a fire in an air con­di­tion­ing unit, the club’s CEO Reinaldo Belotti said on Satur­day. The fire started in the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing, a day af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing storm struck killed at least six people.

Belotti said the ad­verse weather con­di­tions caused en­ergy spikes that could have caused the fire at the Ninho do Urubu, Fla­mengo’s train­ing cen­tre on the out­skirts of the city.

“It was suc­ces­sion of events af­ter a cat­a­strophic day for Rio that led to this even greater catas­tro­phe,” Belotti told re­porters.

One of the 13 young play­ers to es­cape the blaze had pre­vi­ously said he fled the build­ing af­ter wak­ing up and see­ing his air con­di­tion­ing unit on fire. Three teenagers were taken to hospi­tal with in­juries. Belotti did not take ques­tions but said a re­ported lack of per­mits for the build­ing was not a fac­tor in the ac­ci­dent. The Rio de Janeiro’s mayor’s of­fice said in the hours af­ter the blaze that the dor­mi­tory was built on an area reg­is­tered as a car park.

The city had warned Fla­mengo “al­most 30 times” to close the lodg­ing down, it said.

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