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17 July, Wednesday

Brazil in mourning after football club fire - VIDEO

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Family, friends and fans gathered to pay their respects at a mass ceremony held in memory of the young players and staff lost in the Flamengo football club fire.

Brazilian football was in mourning on Friday after 10 people died when a fire ripped through a youth training facility at the country's most popular club, Flamengo, authorities said.

The pre-dawn blaze in Rio de Janeiro hit a building that housed players aged 14 to 17, firefighters said.

Rio's deputy governor, Claudio Castro said "preliminary information indicates there were young players and staff" amongst the dead.

The SporTV channel said the victims included six players and four members of staff.

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