Poland escape room fire: Game designer charged as victims identified

Charlene Craig
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.

The girls were most likely celebrating one of their birthdays, according to police spokeswoman Monika Kosiec.

Polish officials and the fire chief have confirmed that there was indeed a safety flaw didn't allow the children to escape from the blaze when the room caught fire.

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.

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Escape room experiences have grown in popularity over the past few years, with more than 1,000 springing up in the United Kingdom since 2013 when there were just seven.

He also said that the bodies of the youngster were found in a room near the fire.

Forensic and other police experts examine the site of a fire in an Escape Room, in Koszalin, northern Poland, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.

A local prosecutor told reporters the fire had probably been caused by an escape of gas near the heating system boiler. Asphyxiation is the probable cause of the deaths. The operator of "Escape Rooms" to obtain in Poland so far, no special permits from the fire Department.

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RTÉ have said that the 28-year-old suspect was charged with "deliberately creating the danger of a fire in the escape room and with unintentionally causing the death of people in a fire".

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

Agencja Gazeta / Reuters Poland's Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said the girls were all 15 years old.

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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