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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Power surges caused by the torrential rains and strong winds that swept across Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday (February 6th) was the likely cause of the fire at the Flamengo training center that took the lives of ten young footballers, according to Flamengo CEO Reinaldo Belotti.

"We had dropped poles that affected the power and electricity at the training center," Belotti exclaimed to reporters on Saturday, February 9th. "Weather conditions and power surges may have affected the normal operation of air conditions."

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