Francisco Duarte, Quarantined Uruguay Soccer Player, Rescued From Hotel Fire

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMay 25, 2021

Enzo Copetti of Argentina's Racing, left, and Francisco Duarte of Uruguay's Rentistas battle for the ball during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, April 21, 2021.(AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, Pool)
AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico. (Duarte pictured right.)

Firefighters rescued Rentistas midfielder Francisco Duarte from an 11th-floor fire at the Hotel de las Americas in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Tuesday, per the Associated Press.

According to the AP, Duarte hung from his balcony as firefighters raced to get to the 21-year-old, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to isolate in his hotel room. 

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TREMENDO<br><br>▶️ A Francisco Duarte, jugador de Rentistas 🇺🇾, se le incendió la habitación y tuvo que colgarse de la ventana para ser rescatado por los bomberos<br>▶️ El equipo uruguayo juega hoy con Racing por la Libertadores<br><br>Fuente: @SebasGiovanelli<br><br> pic.twitter.com/s0hzmfEIPS

Duarte said he lost his sense of smell due to COVID-19. He could not smell the smoke but realized he needed to escape a fire in his room when he saw flames.

Rentistas, which plays in the Uruguayan Primera Division, is in Buenos Aires to face Racing Club to close out Copa Libertadores group stage play.