Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

'Escape Room' Fire Kills 5 Teenage Girls In Poland

'Escape Room' Fire Kills 5 Teenage Girls In Poland

Police and firefighters stand in front of where a fire that broke out in an escape room killed five teenage girls in the northern Polish city of Koszalin on January 4, 2019.

A 25-year-old man with severe burns was taken to an intensive care unit.

Polish prosecutors probing the deaths of five teenage girls in an "escape room" said on Sunday (Jan 6) they had charged an owner of the facility with deliberately creating a fire hazard that led to the blaze.

Authorities have not yet said what may have caused the fire, but following the tragic incident health and safety checks are being carried out on every escape room in the country.

Players in escape room games are locked inside a room or building and must solve puzzles and unlock clues to get out.

Autopsies showed the girls - who were reportedly friends from school - died of carbon monoxide inhalation. According to initial findings, the fire brigade, the fire broke out in an adjoining room.

Police said the dead were found after firefighters put out the blaze, which began around 5 a venue in Koszalin.

The cause of Friday's fire was not immediately known.

They said the 28-year-old denies the charges but because of his distress was not able to answer prosecutors' questions. "May God protect their parents and loved ones".

There are around 150 Escape rooms across the United Kingdom with more than 50 in London alone and the craze for escape room adventures has increased year on year since 2013.

The deaths have prompted an outpouring of grief in Poland, with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki issuing condolences to the victims' relatives and a day of mourning announced in the city of Koszalin.

Escape rooms have recently surged in popularity in Poland and across Europe and the world.

A government official confirmed the five girls who died were all 15 years of age.

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