Five toddlers burned alive in arson attack on nursery

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07 October, 2017

Around 50 people were injured, 15 of them seriously, as the blaze ripped through the Innocent People nursery in Janauba, south-eastern Brazil.

The incident occurred in a modest quarter of Janauba, a city of 70,000 about 600km north of Belo Horizonte city.

Local media identified the guard as a 50-year-old man who helped with security at the daycare centre since 2008.

A security guard in a nursery in Jana├║ba, Brazil, threw gasoline on children and himself and set the fuel on fire, resulting in the death of five toddlers.

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

Six children were confirmed dead, all aged four, as well as a teacher who was allegedly locked in a room and set on fire.

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"I woke up early to drop him at the nursery", Jane Kelly da Silva Soares told the local O Globo newspaper.

The municipality of Janauba announced a 7-day mourning in region. Police are still looking into the causes of the attack.

Officers found numerous bottles of alcohol at his home, Nunes said. Most of injuries were children between 4 and 5 years old.

Carlos Isaildon Mendes, Mayor of Janauba said, "This is a very complicated situation. As the children were bigger a lot of them were able to escape". "I want to express my solidarity with families", wrote Brazilian president Michel Temer on Twitter.

As the father of, Temer said he understood "this must be an extremely painful loss" for the parents.


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