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

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

She said a 25-year-old man was in hospital being treated for burns and had not yet been questioned by investigators probing the cause of the fire.

Firefighters believe the girls who died at the site in Poland could have survived if there had been a proper evacuation route in place.

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

Players are given a time limit to discover clues and solve puzzles that reveal a key to exit the room.

Local reports say the victims died from carbon monoxide asphyxiation.

Gasiorowski said the fire probably broke out in the reception room and blocked the employee's way to evacuate the girls.

They were the first known deaths in an escape room, a form of entertainment that has been growing in Poland over the past five years.

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Fire officials suspect faulty electrical wiring led to the fire. Regarded as an intellectual challenge, the games have become increasingly popular among Polish teenagers in the past five years.

The fire broke out at 5 in the afternoon in one of the escape rooms in Koszalin.

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

A spokesperson for local firefighters, Tomasz Kubiak said the units responding to the blaze had to use specialized equipment and force their way into the "Escape Room".

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

The country's interior minister has ordered fire safety inspections at more than 1000 escape room locations across the country.

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