Five teenagers die in blaze in northern Poland

2019-01-05, 11:34 update: 2019-01-09, 15:29
Photo PAP/Marcin Bielecki
Photo PAP/Marcin Bielecki
Five 15-year old girls, celebrating a birthday, died after a fire broke out while they were playing an escape room game in Koszalin, northern Poland, on Friday. Another person was severely injured. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

"An appalling tragedy in Koszalin. Five joyful girls starting out in life have had life torn away from them. May God protect their parents and next of kin," President Andrzej Duda wrote on Twitter on Friday, commenting the tragedy. 

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki posted on Twitter on Saturday a condolence message for the families of teenage girls who died in the Friday blaze. 

"My deepest sympathy goes out to the families of all the victims of the great tragedy in Koszalin, where five young girls lost their lives. The causes of the tragedy must be fully explained. At the moment our thoughts are with their loved ones," Morawiecki wrote in the message.

In an escape room game participants are locked in a room and must solve a series of puzzles against the clock in order to get out.

In response to the tragedy, Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński announced fire safety checks in escape rooms countrywide. Brudziński declared that the families of the victims will receive full assistance aid from his ministry. (PAP)

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