Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Faulty wiring likely cause of ‘Escape Room’ fire in Poland, firefighters say

Faulty wiring likely cause of ‘Escape Room’ fire in Poland, firefighters say

A man, 25, was also seriously injured after the fire erupted in the northern Polish city of Koszalin last night, firefighters said.

Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski told broadcaster TVN24: "The victims of this tragedy are 15-year-old children, girls celebrating a birthday".

The 28-year-old who runs the site has been detained and will be questioned, Szymczyk said.

Since Friday, authorities ran checks on more than 200 of Poland's 1,100 escape rooms, shutting down 13 of them.

The Escape Room game, which is popular in the United Kingdom, sees players deliberately locked inside a room or building.

Local reports say the victims died from carbon monoxide asphyxiation.

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

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A fire engine at the scene of the tragic escape room fire.

In a follow-up tweet he demanded that the cause of the fire "must be fully explained".

Brudzinski said the families of the victims had the full support of the government and said he had ordered fire controls to be initiated in all "escape room" facilities across the country.

The man, identified only as Milosz S., was charged with intentionally creating a fire danger and unintentionally causing the deaths of the girls, prosecutor Ryszard Gasiorowski said, adding that the location's heating system was faulty and there was no emergency evacuation route.

"Five joyful girls who were just beginning their lives have been torn from life".

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

Four of the five 15-year-olds were named in local media and on social media as Karolina Barabas, Gosia Tymieniecka, Wiktoria Pietras and Amelia Wieczorek, according to the Daily Mail.

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