Five teenage girls die trapped in Escape Room after fire breaks out

07 January, 2019, 04:39 | Author: Donnie King
  • Five bodies were found inside the escape room

Polish firefighters have blamed poor electrical wiring and lax security procedures at an Escape Room for a fire that killed five teenage girls and injured a man.

Since Friday, authorities ran checks on more than 200 of Poland's 1,100 escape rooms, shutting down 13 of them.

Escape rooms involve locking players into a room, where they then have to solve puzzles and find clues in order to obtain a key to escape.

Autopsies showed the girls - who were reportedly friends from school - died of carbon monoxide inhalation.

A local prosecutor told reporters the fire had probably been caused by an escape of gas near the heating system boiler.

He also said that the bodies of the youngster were found in a room near the fire. The operator of "Escape Rooms" to obtain in Poland so far, no special permits from the fire Department.

A fire that erupted at the residence and that is what caused the death since the girls could not escape the room by the time the fire spread.

Fire chief Leszek Suski said the escape room had no emergency evacuation route.

The 28-year-old suspect was charged with "deliberately creating the danger of a fire in the escape room and with unintentionally causing the death of people in a fire", said Ryszard Gasiorowski, a spokesman for Koszalin district prosecutor, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency.

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

Warsaw's president Andrzej Duda said the incident was a "crushing tragedy" after the girls died so early in life. The game is in the last few years in many countries becoming more and more popular.

On Sunday, Koszalin Mayor Piotr Jedlinski declared a day of mourning and appealed to residents to hold no entertainment gatherings or parties.



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