A fire at the training centre of one of Brazil's biggest clubs has left ten people dead, local media report.
The incident occurred at Rio de Janeiro soccer club Flamengo. Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo first reported that a fire had engulfed a part of the Brasileiro Série A side's training complex. The cause of the blaze is not yet known.
The fire reportedly broke out while players were sleeping. It engulfed the dormitory of the Flamengo youth team, which houses players aged 14 to 17.
Real Madrid footballer Vinícius Júnior, who started his career with the Brazilian club, took to social media to express his dismay at the "sad news"
Que notícia triste! Oremos por todos! Força, força e força 😢
— Vinicius Jr ⚡️ (@vini11Oficial) February 8, 2019
Chapecoense also declared that their "thoughts and prayers" were with their fellow Brazilian club.
Estamos muito tristes e abalados com a notícia do incêndio que atingiu o Ninho do Urubu, deixando inúmeras vítimas.
Externamos nosso desejo de força aos irmãos do @Flamengo e a todos os familiares dos atingidos. Nossos pensamentos e orações estão com vocês. pic.twitter.com/Sb4Lpq5XvK
— Chapecoense (@ChapecoenseReal) February 8, 2019