Five teenage girls in Poland were killed in a fire while attending an escape room on their friend’s birthday last Friday.
The 15-year-olds -who were from the town of Koszalin- were trapped in the room when it caught fire, with one other individual escaping with severe burns.
“We join the families of the victims in their grief. The fire broke out at 5 in the afternoon in one of the escape rooms in Koszalin. There have been five victims, five young victims. We have provided psychological, psychiatric care to the families,” Koszalin Mayor Piotr Jedlinksi told TVN24, a Polish CNN affiliate.
The deadly clue-based game facility fire has prompted inspections by local fire authorities.
“General Leszek Suski (Polish fire brigades chief commander) has issued a decision that from tomorrow all escape rooms, game centers and clubs will undergo fire safety inspections with special attention paid to evacuation plans, escape routes in these type of locations,” Tomasz Kubiak, a Koszalin fire brigade officer, told TVN. “There should be a moderator in each location able to unlock the rooms and let people out. We will check this and it will be strictly controlled.”
On Sunday, Polish President Andrzej Duda called for a day of national mourning.
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