Five teenage girls die in escape room blaze in Poland

Geraldine Edwards
January 7, 2019

Five teenage girls have died after a fire broke out while they were playing an escape game in northern Poland.

A 26-year-old man employed at the facility which was installed in a rented dwelling was admitted to hospital with burns. Officials believe the girls, all around the age of 15, died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

In a follow-up tweet he demanded that the cause of the fire "must be fully explained".

In an "Escape Room" game, the players are locked inside a room or building and must find clues that help them to leave it.

Five teenagers were locked in the room and were killed by the fire.

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Over the past few years, escape rooms have soared in popularity, with many expensive and complex options.

The man, identified only as Milosz S, was charged with intentionally creating a fire danger and unintentionally causing the deaths of the girls, said prosecutor Ryszard Gasiorowski, adding that the location's heating system was faulty and there was no emergency evacuation route. There have been five victims, five young victims. The games are popular with Polish teenagers.

He also said that the bodies of the youngster were found in a room near the fire.

A spokesperson for local firefighters, Tomasz Kubiak said the units responding to the blaze had to use specialized equipment and force their way into the "Escape Room".

Forensic and other police experts examine the site of the fire.

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National fire commander Leszek Suski said that more than 100 were found to be unsafe and 13 facilities were immediately shut down.

President Andrzej Duda said on Twitter that the girls' deaths were a "crushing tragedy".

Mr Brudziński insisted fire safety controls would be enforced in all escape room across the Eastern European nation.

The deaths have prompted an outpouring of grief in Poland, with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki issuing condolences to the victims' relatives and a day of mourning announced in the city of Koszalin.

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