Security guard sets nursery on fire, kills 5 toddlers

Posted October 08, 2017

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. He returned to the facility with a medical certificate, the started the fire and set himself alight, Brazil's O Globo newspaper reported.

The Innocent People day care center in Brazil was set on fire by an employee.

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Harrowing footage from the scene appears to show distraught parents crowded outside the school in the hope of finding out what has happened to their children.

In all twenty persons, including children and teachers, were hurt in the fire.

The municipality of Janauba announced a 7-day mourning in region.

Forty people overall are being treated for burns, injuries and breathing difficulties, local media reported. He said a teacher also died in the fire. Some 40 people were taken to local hospitals. 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.

Janaúba is in the north of the state of Minas Gerais and has about 70,000 inhabitants.

President Michael Temer tweeted: "I'm very sorry about this tragedy involving children in Janauba".

Police said officers went to the suspect's home and visited his relatives to try to understand the motive for the attack. "I want to express my sympathy to the families".