Escape room fire kills five teenagers in Poland

07 January, 2019, 04:43 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Five bodies were found inside the escape room

Five girls aged around 15 were killed in the fire in the city of Koszalin on Friday night, as they celebrated a birthday.

It's an interactive game where people pay money to enter a room where they must solve puzzles and riddles in a race against the clock to escape from the locked room.

Police spokeswoman Monika Kosiec said the fire was in a room near where the girls were celebrating a birthday party.

Polish officials have shut down 13 escape room entertainment sites for safety flaws and the prime minister asked people Sunday to report such lapses to firefighters and police after five teenage girls were killed in a fire. It happened in a residential building that is home to an escape room. Prosecutors said that carbon monoxide inhalation was the likely cause of the deaths. In addition, on Saturday, the fire protection measures in all the Escape rooms in Poland are to be checked, such as Brudzinski announced.

A 26-year-old man employed at the facility which was installed in a rented dwelling was admitted to hospital with burns.

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

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A fire engine stands outside an "Escape Room" game location in Koszalin, northern Poland, on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.

Gasiorowski said the fire probably broke out in the reception room and blocked the employee's way to evacuate the girls.

Their cause of death is believed to be asphyxiation.

"Five joyful girls starting out in life have had life torn away from them", he wrote on Twitter.

President Andrzej Duda tweeted a message of support to the families of the victims, calling it a "devastating tragedy".

Agencja Gazeta / Reuters Poland's Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said the girls were all 15 years old.

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