Five teen girls celebrating friend's birthday die in Poland 'escape room' fire

Hugh Fox
January 7, 2019

Officials in Poland say users have previously posted critical remarks about the safety of the escape room gaming site where a fire killed five teenage girls.

A 25-year-old man was taken to hospital with burns but could not be immediately questioned by police.

Polish officials have shut down 13 escape room sites over safety issues after five teenage girls were killed in a fire.

Morawiecki said he had ordered a report on the around 1100 escape rooms or similar locations across Poland and the government would determine if changes to safety regulations were needed.

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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. Officials believe the girls, all around the age of 15, died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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.

Prosecutors said a leaky gas container inside a heater was most likely the cause of the blaze.

The fire broke out in a part of the detached house that was being used as a reception room for the entertainment venue and blocked the employee's way to the girls, he said. The operator of "Escape Rooms" to obtain in Poland so far, no special permits from the fire Department.

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Escape rooms have become extremely popular over the past 10 years.

"We have provided psychological, psychiatric care to the families", Koszalin Mayor Piotr Jedlinksi told TVN.

Polish President Andrzej Duda described the incident as a "devastating tragedy" and said the young girls had their lives "torn away".

Four of the five 15-year-olds were named in local media and on social media as Karolina Barabas, Gosia Tymieniecka, Wiktoria Pietras and Amelia Wieczorek, according to the Daily Mail.

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