Children And Teacher Burned Alive In Nursery School In Brazil

Children And Teacher Burned Alive In Nursery School In Brazil

Children And Teacher Burned Alive In Nursery School In Brazil

"I'm not going to let them continue in day care, my children are all small and have no defence of anything".

The guard, identified by authorities as 50-year-old Damiao dos Santos, set himself alight at the scene and later died of his injuries in hospital.

Local officials have not released the victims' identities but said the children were between the ages of 1 and 4.

Two girls and four boys, all aged four, were killed and dozens of people were taken to hospital with severe burns in Janaúba, southeastern Brazil.

He also set himself on fire, police said. Some of the patients are being airlifted to a specialised burns unit in the state capital, Belo Horizonte. Santos died from his injuries at the hospital.

The security guard is accused of dousing people inside the day care center with flammable liquid before starting a fire.


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Brazilian President Michel Temer expressed his sympathies via Twitter.

Local media reports that dos Santos was sacked from his post in September, upon returning from his annual leave reportedly with a health condition. "We hope these things will not happen again in Brazil".

Police have been to his home and visited friends and relatives in an effort to understand his motive.

He allegedly came to the center Thursday to turn in paperwork before starting the blaze.

Janauba Mayor Carlos Isaildon Mendes has declared a seven-day mourning period.

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