Man charged in Poland escape room game deaths

Man charged in Poland escape room game deaths

Poland's interior minister Joachim Brudzinski said the victims were 15-year-old girls.

A 26-year-old man employed at the escape room was hospitalised with burns and will be questioned. Since Friday, more than 200 escape rooms in Poland have been checked revealing many have safety flaws that need to be fixed immediately.

Popular with teenagers in Poland and other countries, Escape Rooms see players locked inside a room or building, finding clues to help them get out. Polish news agency said it learned unofficially that the victims died from carbon monoxide asphyxiation.

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Polish firefighters blamed poor electrical wiring and lax security procedures at the venue in Koszalin, northern Poland, for the blaze. The cause of the fire was initially unknown.

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.

There are around 150 Escape rooms across the United Kingdom with more than 50 in London alone and the craze for escape room adventures has increased year on year since 2013.

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Since the deaths of the children, there has been a public memorial held at Koszalin Cathedral and in front of the residence where the escape room was held.

"Five joyful girls starting out in life have had life torn away from them", he wrote on Twitter.

Hundreds of people gathered in the town of Koszalin Sunday for a formal "day of mourning" in honor of the teens who died of smoke inhalation during a birthday party Friday.

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Warsaw's president Andrzej Duda said the incident was a "crushing tragedy" after the girls died so early in life.

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