Nursery guard burns six children to death

Kristopher Drake
October 7, 2017

A security guard doused alcohol on some toddlers in a day care centre and cruelly set them alight in an attack in Brazil, horrifying the nation.

The incident left the perpetrator "with burns all over his body", Bruno Ataide Santos, director of the local hospital stated.

The mayor of Janauba, Carlos Isaildon Mendes, declared seven days of mourning for the victims.

50 people were injured, mostly with burns, as the blaze spread through the "Innocent People" nursery in Janauba, in Minas Gerais state, in southeastern Brazil, before it was brought under control by firefighters, according to a statement from state prosecutors.

Of the 25 people who were injured, 22 were children - the parts of the body and the extent to which each victim was burned vary considerably, but majority are in critical condition.

Her father Nelson de Jesus Silva said: My daughter was very special, smart.

A firefighter in the city of Janauba said by telephone that the guard died hours later in a local hospital.

"I was thinking of changing nursery schools because we are preparing to move".

The suspect reamins in a serious condition in hospital after the attack - his motive remains unclear.

The guard had worked for at least eight years at the nursery school where he was not directly in contact with the children.

While interrogation, Police officials found many alcohol bottles at his residence.

Brazilian President Michel Temer expressed his sympathies via Twitter.

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