Gas leak likely cause of 'Escape Room' fire in Poland

Five bodies were found inside the escape room

Five teenage girls have died in northern Poland in a fire during an escape room game, the PAP news agency reported, citing a fire department spokesman.

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

It's believed the girls died from carbon monoxide asphyxiation.

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

The objective of an escape room game is to solve a number of puzzles in order to get out of a locked room.

Five teenage girls have been killed in a horrific blaze that broke out in an escape room.

Authorities carried out inspections at least 178 escape rooms across Poland over the weekend and found that 129 of them did not meet health or safety standards.

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A fire that erupted at the residence and that is what caused the death since the girls could not escape the room by the time the fire spread.

Five people were confirmed dead and a government official said all of them were 15-year-old girls who went to the venue to celebrate one of their birthdays.

Police and fire officials said they did not yet know what started the blaze in the escape room. Regarded as an intellectual challenge, the games are highly popular among teenagers in Poland.

Poland's Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński said on Twitter: "A devastating tragedy in Koszalin".

National fire commander Leszek Suski said that more than 100 were found to be unsafe and 13 facilities were immediately shut down.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has sent condolences to the victims' relatives.

Hundreds of people gathered yesterday to burn candles in their memory, and a formal "day of mourning" will take place in Koszalin today.

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