Toddlers burned to death in horrific nursery attack

07 October, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Four toddlers have been burned to death and 40 more people are injured after a security guard carried out a horrific arson attack at a school in Brazil

Santos died from his injuries at the hospital.

Four children and their teacher were killed Thursday at their preschool in Brazil when a security guard set them alight.

Dozens of people were also hurt in the blaze while the guard, who was reported to be mentally ill, died after succumbing to his own burn injuries.

The office of Janauba's mayor decreed seven days of mourning. With only 2 hospitals in the small town of 80,000 people, numerous more seriously hurt were taken by police helicopter to Minas Gerais' capital Belo Horizonte, more than 500 kilometers away.

Former Brazilian security guard, Damiao Soares dos Santos, 50, allegedly threw gasoline over several children at the nursery where he worked before burning them and himself to death.

There were 80 children in the day care when the incident happened, and the police have confirmed four children and a teacher have died, while nine others are in a critical condition.

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"I woke up early to drop him at the nursery", Jane Kelly da Silva Soares told the local O Globo newspaper.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the brutal attack. As many as twenty children were taken to area hospitals for burns and smoke inhalation, according to officials.

Officers found numerous bottles of alcohol at his home, Nunes said.

Brazil's President Michel Temer expressed his condolences via Twitter.

Mr Temer said that, as the father of a school-age child, he understood this must be an extremely painful loss for the parents.

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