Five teenage girls killed in Escape Room fire in Poland
A police spokeswoman said the victims were thought to have been celebrating a birthday. (Supplied: TVN24)
Five teenage girls were killed when a fire broke out at an Escape Room game location in northern Poland.
- The girls’ bodies were found in a room that was near the fire, but not on fire itself
- Fire safety checks have been ordered at all Escape Room locations in the country
- The Escape Room game is popular with teenagers across Poland
Police said the dead teenagers were found after firefighters put out the blaze, which began around 5:00pm on Friday in the city of Koszalin.
Highly popular with teenagers across Poland, the Escape Room game sees players locked inside a room or building and forced to find clues to help them get out.
Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said the victims were all 15 years old.
Police spokeswoman Monika Kosiec said the girls were thought to have been holding a birthday party.
She said a 25-year-old man was in hospital being treated for burns and had not yet been questioned by investigators probing the cause of the fire.
A firefighters’ spokesman said the bodies were found in a room that was near the fire, but was not hit by it.
Polish state news agency PAP said it had learned unofficially that the girls died from carbon monoxide asphyxiation.
Footage on the TVN24 channel showed ambulances and fire engines in front of a detached two-storey house with a large Escape Room sign in front.
The goverment has now ordered fire safety checks to be held at all Escape Room locations in Poland.
President Andrzej Duda said on Twitter it was a “crushing tragedy”, and Koszalin’s Mayor has declared a day of mourning.