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Second fire at Olympic Village adds to woes of Rio 2016 organisers

  • Australian team briefly evacuates after fire in basement of building
  • Hosts have faced criticism for condition of competitors’ accommodation

Competitors have been forced to evacuate a building in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro after the second fire in a week raised fresh concerns about safety standards.

Nobody was hurt in the blaze, which filled the stairwells of the building with smoke and was quickly extinguished, but it called into question the reassurances given two days ago by the Rio 2016 organising committee that the facilities were finished.

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