Escape room fire kills five teenagers in Poland

Polish President Andrzej Duda called the fire a'crushing tragedy

Officials have said asphyxiation was the probable cause of the deaths, and a gas leak was the most likely cause of the blaze.

A court decision is expected today on prosecutors' request that he be held for three months while the case proceeds.

Fire officials suspect faulty electrical wiring led to the fire.

Firefighters found the bodies of the 15-year-old victims after they extinguished a fire next to the locked room.

Crowds gathered for a mass at Koszalin Cathedral, where Bishop Edward Dajczak paid tribute to the girls.

Karolina Barabas was identified as one of those who died.

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Hundreds of lights, toys and white flowers have been left by the fence.

Autopsies showed that the girls, who were friends from school, died of carbon monoxide inhalation.

The man was taken to hospital with burns and has not yet been able to be quizzed by investigators. He was to be questioned.

Attorneys for the man charged said he was "deeply distraught" by the deaths.

The families of the victims, Minister of the interior, Brudzinski of the law and justice party (PiS) to said non-bureaucratic help. If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison.

Koszalin police spokeswoman, Monika Kosiec, said the victims were thought to have been celebrating one of their birthdays.

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The group was celebrating a birthday on Friday.

Escape rooms, in which participants are locked in a room and must solve a series of puzzles in order to get out, are popular around the world.

Police and fire officials said they did not yet know what started the blaze in the escape room.

He called the teenagers' deaths an "immense tragedy".

Authorities have not yet said what may have caused the fire, but following the tragic incident health and safety checks are being carried out on every escape room in the country.

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