Teen girls who died in escape room blaze to be buried together
The five teenage girls who died in a blaze at an escape room in Poland will be buried together in a joint ceremony, officials announced — as attorneys for the man charged in their deaths claimed he was too torn up to testify.
The man who designed the escape room in the city of Koszalin, identified only as Milosz S., 28, was detained and charged with intentionally creating a fire danger and unintentionally causing the deaths of the 15-year-old girls.
“He cannot cope with what happened,” said his attorney, Wieslaw Berlinski. “This is not the time for giving testimony. This is the time for condolences.”
Another attorney, Wojciech Janus, said the incident was a “tragedy and trauma” — for his client.
Milosz, who is being held for three months while the case proceeds, told prosecutors “he would give up his life if only he could prevent this tragedy from happening.”
Prosecutors charged that the escape room site’s heating system was faulty, sparking the blaze, and that there was no emergency evacuation route.
The ninth-grade girls died Friday of smoke inhalation after getting trapped in the room, where they were celebrating a birthday.
Koszalin Mayor Piotr Jedlinski said the city will pay for the joint burial of the girls in a ceremony Thursday.
Players in escape room games are locked inside a room or building and must solve puzzles and unlock clues to get out. The games are very popular among Polish teens.
Authorities have shut down 26 similar sites since Friday’s tragedy and are continuing to inspect 1,100 escape rooms across Poland.
In response to the blaze, the Jan 11 premiere of the American horror flick “Escape Room” by Adam Robitel was postponed in Poland, United International Pictures’ spokeswoman Kinga Zych said.
With Post wires