4 toddlers killed when set alight at Brazil day care center

AP News
Posted: Oct 05, 2017 4:00 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) — Four children and a teacher died and several others were injured at a day care center in eastern Brazil on Thursday when a guard doused the school with alcohol and set it alight, officials said.

A firefighter in the city of Janauba said by telephone that the guard, who was seriously injured, died hours later in a local hospital. The firefighter, who declined to give his name, said the majority of the victims ranged in age from 1 to 4 years old.

He identified the guard as 50-year-old Damiao Soares dos Santos, who had helped with security at the center since 2008. He said a teacher also died in the fire.

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The motive of the attack was unclear.

The daycare center in Janauba, in the state of Minas Gerais, cares for about 70 children, according to local media.

In a tweet, Brazilian President Michel Temer said: "I'm very sorry about this tragedy involving children in Janauba. I want to express my sympathy to the families."