5 teens killed in fire after escape room goes horribly wrong

Saul Bowman
January 7, 2019

Five teenage girls, who were celebrating a 15th birthday, have died after a fire broke out at an escape room venue, in Poland yesterday.

Local police press officer Monika Kosiec told reporters that the injured man was thought to be 25 years old.

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.

Forensic and other police experts examine the site of a fire in an Escape Room, in Koszalin, northern Poland. There have been five victims, five young victims.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but officials are carrying out safety checks on every escape room in Poland. Regarded as an intellectual challenge, the games are highly popular among teenagers in Poland.

RTÉ have said that 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".

A firefighters' spokesman said the bodies were found in a room that was near the fire, but was not hit by it.

Firefighters put out a blaze in an adjacent room and then used specialist equipment to break into the locked room.

"The tragedy occurred primarily due to the lack of an effective evacuation route", said Leszek Suski, head of the state firefighting service, to the PAP Polish state news agency.

Poland's interior minister, Joachim Brudzinski, said fire safety controls would be ordered in all similar attractions.

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

Koszalin mayor Piotr Jedlinski announced that Sunday would be a day of mourning in the city and called for all entertainment to be scrapped.

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