'Life Torn Away': Five Teenage Girls Killed In 'Escape Room' Fire

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Koszalin police spokeswoman, Monika Kosiec, said the victims were thought to have been celebrating one of their birthdays. A 26-year-old man had been brought in with severe burns to the hospital, such as the fire brigade spokesman Tomasz Kubiak to the AFP news Agency said.

Since Friday, over 200 of Poland's some 1,100 escape rooms have been checked, revealing a number of safety flaws that needed to be immediately fixed.

The Escape Room game, which is popular in the United Kingdom, sees players deliberately locked inside a room or building. Officials believe the girls, all around the age of 15, died from carbon monoxide poisoning. According to initial findings, the fire brigade, the fire broke out in an adjoining room.

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Polish firefighters blamed poor electrical wiring and lax security procedures at the venue in Koszalin, northern Poland, for the blaze. The operator of "Escape Rooms" to obtain in Poland so far, no special permits from the fire Department.

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.

Escape rooms have recently surged in popularity in Poland and across Europe and the world.

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They said the 28-year-old denies the charges but because of his distress was not able to answer prosecutors' questions. Prosecutors said a leaky gas container inside a heater most likely caused the fire. The five joyful girls entering the life have been torn out of life. 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.

Polish President Andrzej Duda said the fire was an "appalling tragedy".

Koszalin Mayor Piotr Jedlinski announced that Sunday would be a day of mourning in the city.

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