School guard sets kids on fire

BREAKING: Six toddlers burn to death and 40 injured in arson attack on nursery

The firefighter, who declined to give his name, said the majority of the victims ranged in age from 1 to 4 years old. Several outlets reported Friday that the death toll had risen to six children killed.

A further 25 people - mostly children aged between four and five - were hospitalized with burns, with some requiring specialist care at a burns unit in the state capital. Santos died from his injuries at the hospital.

Damiao Soares dos Santos, 50, was identified as the man who doused alcohol on a daycare in Janauba and set it on fire with people inside.

Governor Pimentel ordered the creation of a special operation to receive the victims, both in hospitals in the region and in in Belo Horizonte. He went to the Gente Inocente childcare centre to hand in his medical certificate and then started the fire, O Globo newspaper reported.




The security guard is accused of dousing people inside the day care center with flammable liquid before starting a fire.

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While police continue with their investigations to determine the reason for the crime, Janauba's mayor has decreed seven days of mourning for those who lost their lives. "I want to express my sympathy to the families".

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

In a horrific incident, a Brazilian school guard reportedly burnt four kids at a nursery school at Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais on Thursday.

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