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Nursery guard burns six children to death

07 October 2017

It was learned that he too set himself on fire at the nursery school in Brazil.

He was taken to hospital, suffering from burns, and later died.

In Brazil, at least four children and a teacher were killed after a security guard allegedly set fire to a childcare centre. The firefighter said a teacher also died in the fire. "He has been an employee since 2008 and has never had a bad record so we could never have anticipated something of this nature happening", Mayor of Janauba, Carlos Isaildon Mendes, told the media. 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.

Santos who also lit himself on fire died hours later in the hospital.

About 50 people were hospitalised with injuries, said Bruno Ataide Santos, director of the local hospital. "I woke him up early to bring him here and when I saw him again he was dead in the hospital", said Jane Kelly of her dead son Juan Miguel Soares. His motive is still unclear.

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Witnesses told media that the man, in his 50s, had been working as a night guard at the nursery for eight years.

Police searched the guard's home and found many jugs of alcohol. "As the children were bigger a lot of them were able to escape".

Brazilian 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.

Nursery guard burns six children to death