A fire tore through the sleeping quarters of a development league for one of Brazil's most popular professional soccer clubs on Friday, killing 10 people who were most likely players and injuring three others, authorities said.
Firefighters were called in just after 5 a.m. local time to battle a blaze at the sprawling Ninho de Urubu training ground of the Flamengo soccer club in Rio de Janeiro's western region, a fire official told The Associated Press.
Beatriz Busch, the public health secretary for the state of Rio de Janeiro, said two of the injured were in stable condition and one was in critical condition.
The three injured were 14, 15 and 16 years old, said the fire official, who asked his name not be used due to his agency's rules.
Overhead images captured by an AP drone showed a charred area with smoke emerging.
Outside the complex, an AP reporter saw two ambulances and a fire truck enter. The facility was closed, and no officials had come out to address media.
Family members, friends and neighbors were gathering outside in hopes of getting information. Several gathered in a circle to pray.
Like many professional clubs in soccer-crazed Brazil, Flamengo has a youth development program for promising young players in their early teens.
Many players, particularly those who live outside of Rio de Janeiro, stay at the facilities while training.
Flamengo is arguably Brazil's most famous club, with an estimated 40 million fans nationwide