Fire in Hotel of Rome Tourney

05-01-2004, 10:43 AM
Three dead in tennis hotel blaze: players unharmed
Three people died in a fire at the Parco dei Principi in Rome early this morning. Several of the world's best tennis players were staying at the well-known hotel when the blaze began at 5am, though all those due to play at the Telecom Italia Masters are reported unharmed. The hotel director said guests set fire to a room on the third floor. The hotel was badly damaged by the blaze.

05-01-2004, 10:46 AM
This was reported on

There was a fire in the players hotel in Rome! They were evacuated at 5am this morning and all Marat managed to grab was his passport, wallet and a racket! His bags were burnt and his room was on fire so don't know what is left!? They've traced the fire to Sanguinetti's room and reports are still coming in.... Poor Marat!

Thanks God Marat could get himself out of anger and is alright! And i hope all the other players too.

05-01-2004, 10:50 AM
World number two Andy Roddick helped evacuate guests onto the roof of a blazing hotel, it was revealed this morning. Twenty-one-year-old Roddick forgot tennis and worked with the Rome firefighters to save lives following a dramatic fire in one of the capital's best-known hotels, the Parco dei Principi.
Three people died and five were injured in the blaze, which ripped through several floors of the luxurious hotel where around thirty of the world's best players were staying. None of the players was injured.
"Roddick helped people onto the roof," said Nicola Arzani, communications director in Rome for the ATP. "Several of the players had a real fright. I talked to a few of them this morning, and I know that Safin, his trainer and his girlfriend were quite shacken up," Two players, Italy's Filippo Volandri (ATP ranking 64), and Dutch star Sjeng Schalken (30) were both evacuated from the hotel using firefighters' cranes.
An American guest died after trying to lower himself to the street using a sheet, according to local news reports. An elderly Canadian couple also perished in the blaze.
Around 30 Telecom Italia Masters players were staying at the Parco dei Principi, according to tournament management. Most were in Rome to participate in the main draw, which starts on Monday. Only one Italian player, Giorgio Galimberti. was due to play in the qualifying event, which takes place today.
Several players were spotted early this morning in the players' lounge wrapped in blankets and wearing slippers. Telecom Italia Masters organisers have found alternative accommodation, and the tournament will take place as scheduled.
Umpires called for a minute of silence out of respect for the victims before today's qualifying matches.
Hotel staff were letting players back into their rooms were possible this morning. It is unclear as yet whether rackets were lost in the blaze.
The cause of the fire is unclear.

05-01-2004, 10:52 AM

this is terrible.

05-01-2004, 11:29 AM
This is sad. Thank God all players are ok.
Peace and comfort to all affected and deepest condolences to families of the victims.

05-01-2004, 12:08 PM

R.I.P. all victims! :sad:

05-01-2004, 12:50 PM
this is what Sjeng Schalken wrote on his website

1 may
Today Ricky (his wife) and I nearly died in our hotel in Rome. We were on the seventh floor, when a fire errupted on the third floor. At about 5 AM the smoke woke us up. The seventh floor is the highest floor of the hotel.

The only place we could go to was the balcony, because the hall was full of smoke. When we opened our door, four people who were stuck in the hallway ran inside our room. On our floor three people suffocated in that hall due to the thick smoke.

We quickly put on some clothes and took our cellphone with us, just in case we wouldn't make it, so we would be able to call our loved ones and tell them our last words. From our balcony we managed to climb on the roof of the sixth floor.

We waited there for an hour and a half because the people of the other side of the hotel had to be rescued first. Then firefighters helped ricky off the roof. Half an hour later I went downstairs accompanied by a firefighter and a few other guests.

The fire errupted on the third floor. Paradorn Srichaphans father slept next to the room where it started. Max Mirnyi and Marat Safin were also on that floor and escaped just in time. Filippo Volandri slept in the room above the one where the fire started and the fire fighters had to use a crane to get him out of his room.

Another person died (the fourth one) because he jumped out of the window on the fourth floor. Because the fire alarm did not work, loads of people didn't wake up untill much later. Some people on the first and second floor didn't wake up untill seven o'clock, we were saved by then.

Right now we are in a different hotel and our stuff has just been delivered. It's all damaged, but at least we our both alive. We are really shocked and are really upset, but also so happy that we are still alive and well.

Sjeng en Ricky

05-01-2004, 03:38 PM
Hotel fire forces evacuation of Italian Open tennis players


Three people were killed and Andy Roddick, Marat Safin and several other tennis players were evacuated after a fire broke out at a luxury hotel early Saturday morning.

Two Canadian guests died in their room and an American jumped from his window and died.

No players were injured, ATP Tour spokesman Nicola Arzani said. The players were staying in the five-star Parco dei Principi hotel while competing at the Italian Open, which begins Monday.

Arzani said the players were evacuated at about 5 a.m. and stood outside for several hours until they were taken to the nearby Austrian Embassy. They were later allowed back to the hotel to retrieve belongings.

Severak players had their rackets and other equipment damaged, and were forced to reschedule their practices.

"A lot of people lost equipment," Arzani said. "Safin lost a lot, he couldn't practice today."

Arzani said he didn't know how many players were staying at the hotel since some were still arriving from other tournaments.

In addition to the second-ranked Roddick and the Russian star Safin, Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina and Max Mirnyi of Belarus were also evacuated.

Mirnyi was seen outside the hotel following the evacuation, covering himself with a blanket while wearing only shorts.

The American who died was identified as James Lawery, from Georgia. The Canadian couple's names were Bernice Mary Joan Busque and Paul Emile Busque, and their hometowns were not known.

The blaze spread to other rooms on the floor and smoke billowed throughout the hotel, forcing the guests to evacuate.

Police questioned two Americans, who have spoken with a U.S. consular official, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said.

05-01-2004, 05:25 PM
OMG that's a awefull news :eek:

05-02-2004, 01:46 AM
It's so horrible! but the good news is that all players are get out of the hotel in time! they all would have the fortune after this disaster!

05-02-2004, 06:14 AM
it's definitely horrible :eek: It's sad for the families of those 3 pple who died :sad:

I'm calm now as Marat it's ok... hope he'll be allright for move on.

1º and 2º pic: These pics were made by Ricky Schalken... from sjeng schalkens website.. what horrible scenes :eek: poor maratik
3º to 5º pics: Are showin' the hotel inside, isn't that beautiful/nice??

Ps. Btw. Here's some pics from other theards/sites ;) Did u know if some site has a pic of Marat ???

05-02-2004, 04:37 PM
"Sjeng Schalken, the Dutch No. 1, climbed down from the sixth to the fifth floor before being plucked to safety by firemen using a crane, and Marat Safin, the former US Open champion, and his girlfriend were trapped in a corridor but managed to escape. Like many players, he was left with nothing more than the clothes he stood up in. Roddick's racquets are said to have melted in the heat."

05-02-2004, 05:09 PM
It's really horrible! :sad: I hope Marat and Co will be able to play allright!

05-02-2004, 06:41 PM
"Sjeng Schalken, the Dutch No. 1, climbed down from the sixth to the fifth floor before being plucked to safety by firemen using a crane, and Marat Safin, the former US Open champion, and his girlfriend were trapped in a corridor but managed to escape. Like many players, he was left with nothing more than the clothes he stood up in. Roddick's racquets are said to have melted in the heat."

OMG! I didn't know about it, I mean, that Marat was trapped in a corridor, poor baby! Hope he's fine....

05-02-2004, 08:45 PM
From Brad Gilbert :rolleyes:

Mirnyi lost everything; he and his girlfriend had only their robes. Safin and Lundren looked totally haggard, as did Andy and many others.

:sad: Hope Marat is feelling better....

05-03-2004, 06:42 AM
that's really sad. wonder how it happened. hope they find out soon.
hope everyone's feeling alright. condolences to the family of the 3 victims.

05-03-2004, 01:05 PM
thanks start for the article

Russia’s top tennis player Marat Safin closely escaped death as fire destroyed the five-star Roman hotel on Saturday, world news agencies have reported. Three other guests died in the fire in the top floors of the Parco dei Principi, close to the Borghese gardens.

Marat Safin was trapped for a time in a corridor with his girlfriend but escaped. The player’s training gear and personal belongings were destroyed. Safin has arrived in Rome to participate in the staying ahead of the Rome Open Tennis Masters next week.

:hug: Marat and Dasha. Omg that was close! Hope they are feeling better by now.

05-04-2004, 07:57 AM
I read about it, but couldn't get online in the last few days :sad:

I only knew Marat was staying there too, but no reports here on him being trapped. I'm so RELIEVED to hear him, Dasha and Peter are doing ok.

05-04-2004, 08:38 AM
Damn, that is quite the shocker. Puts the tennis matches in a different context I imagine. Glad to hear they got out of it.