Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Escape room victim girls in Poland buried together

11 Jan 2019, 00:11 ( 2 Months ago)

DF-Xinhua Report

With families, friends and citizens grieving, the five teenage victims of a tragic fire in the escape room in Poland were buried together on Thursday.

   The funeral took place in a church in the northeastern city Koszalin, where the five young lives were deprived tragically a week ago.

   "In their friendship they were and will continue to be together. They were together when they lives ended, they are together here, also they will rest together in the cemetery," Wojciech Pawlak, who taught the girls religion at their school, said at the funeral.

   Outside the packed church, hundreds of people watched the funeral on a huge screen. After the ceremony, the girls were buried together at a cemetery in the city.

   The girls were killed while playing in an escape room on Jan. 4. A suspect, who is under temporary detention by the authorities, was charged with "deliberately creating the danger of a fire".

   According to the preliminary findings of the prosecutor's office, the cause of the fire was gas leakage. The fire impeded an employee's attempt of saving the girls from outside, while they could not escape because of unsolved task of the puzzle.

   There were no emergency evacuation routes in the building.

   The tragedy aroused immense concerns of the public in Poland, and the government has launched a country-wide inspection on a large number of popular escape rooms.