Brazil nursery attack: Children set on fire in Minas Gerais
Brazil nursery attack: Children set on fire in Minas Gerais
BREAKING: Six toddlers burn to death and 40 injured in arson attack on nursery
07 October, 2017, 00:35
About 80 children were in the nursery school when the attack occurred, prompting anxious parents to converge on the site which they found reduced to ashes.
Four children have been killed and several others hurt at a daycare centre in eastern Brazil when a guard doused the school with alcohol and set it alight.
News portal G1, citing police sources, said a teacher had also died in the fire.
The office of Janauba's mayor decreed seven days of mourning.
About 50 people were sent to hospital with injuries, said Bruno Ataide Santos, director of the local hospital.
Authorities have identified the security guard as 50-year-old Damiao Soares dos Santos. Some 40 people were taken to local hospitals.
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It is understood the children who died were all aged four.
"As the crèche is near our house, we heard noise and rushed over", Nelson de Jesus Silva, the father of one victim, told Globonews TV.
Witnesses told media that the man, in his 50s, had been working as a night guard at the nursery for eight years.
They also revealed they have opened a line of inquiry into Mr dos santos who is believed to have been suffering from mental health issues, saying they have searched his home and questioned his family and close friends in order to determine his motives for carrying out the devastating attack.
"I deeply regret this tragedy with the children in Janaúba (MG)".
Brazil's President Michel Temer expressed his condolences via Twitter.
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