Family and friends gather at football training complex in Brazil after fire kills 10

Fire officials in Rio de Janeiro are investigating the cause of a blaze which tore through a football training complex, killing 10.

Crews were called just after 5am on Friday morning to the Ninho de Urubu training ground of the Flamengo club in Rio de Janeiro, a fire official said.

The identities of those killed have not been released. Three people between the ages of 14 and 16 were taken to hospital where they are being treated, officials have given no update on their condition.

Family and friends have gathered outside the club in west Rio as they await answers as to what happened.

The club has said that it is in mourning following the fire. Credit: AP

It's thought that the fire broke out in a dormitory block, however the cause is not known.

The club said shared a message on Twitter stating that it is in mourning following the tragedy.

A match due to take place on Saturday against a rival club has been cancelled.

Flamengo soccer club training complex, team employees stand and wait after a deadly fire at the football club. Credit: AP
Friends and family have gathered at the club as they await answers. Credit: AP

Speaking to reporters at the scene, Jefferson Rodrigues, who runs a small bar near the club, said he had reached a 15-year-old player he is friends with. He said he was alive after spotting the flames and running.

“He lost his phone, and all of his things, but the important thing is he is alive,” he added.

It's the second disaster to rock Brazil's football community in recent years. A plane carrying star-team Chapecoense crashed in Columbia in 2016 after it ran out of fuel, an inquiry found.

The team shared a message on social media urging strength from those affected.