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Five teens dead in Polish escape room fire

Five teens dead in Polish escape room fire

Five teenage girls were killed when a fire broke out at a so-called "escape room" at a game center on Friday.

Local police press officer Monika Kosiec told reporters that the injured man was thought to be 25 years old.

A young man was hospitalized with burns. Autopsies showed that the girls, who had been celebrating a birthday, died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

It's an interactive game where people pay money to enter a room where they must solve puzzles and riddles in a race against the clock to escape from the locked room.

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Fire chief Leszek Suski said the escape room had no emergency evacuation route.

In the United Kingdom alone, the number of escape rooms has soared from just seven in 2013 to more than 1,000 as of past year. Regarded as an intellectual challenge, the games have become increasingly popular among Polish teenagers in the past five years.

Police at the scene of the fire tragedy in northern Poland. Firefighters found the bodies of the 15-year-old victims after they extinguished a fire next to the locked room.

Firefighters put out a blaze in an adjacent room and then used specialist equipment to break into the locked room.

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Escape rooms across Poland are now being inspected for safety, under orders from Poland's interior minister.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke after holding a meeting in which officials discussed ways of improving safety at entertainment venues.

Koszalin Mayor Piotr Jedlinski said in a statement the city would enter a day of mourning, on Sunday, for the loss of the girls.

It has now been reported that Polish prosecutors probing the deaths of the five teenage girls have said they had charged an owner of the facility with deliberately creating a fire hazard that led to the blaze.

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