Preschoolers die after being set alight in Brazil

Five toddlers burned alive in arson attack on nursery

Four other children and a teacher died on Thursday when a guard doused the "Innocent People" day care center in Janauba with alcohol and set it alight.

The guard, who was aged about 50 and named as Damião Soares dos Santos, was badly burnt and later died of his injuries. It was also revealed that he was sacked from his position in September. 25 people mostly children aged between four and five were hospitalised with burn injuries.

The security guard allegedly responsible for the attack is believed to have died in hospital after the attack this morning.

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

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Brazil's President Michel Temer said: "I am deeply saddened by this tragedy involving children in Janauba, and I want to express my solidarity with the families". I, who am a father, imagine that this must be a most painful loss. Local media said the 50-year-old man had worked at the school since 2008. "We hope these things will not happen again in Brazil".

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

Although the motive behind this atrocious attack still remains unclear, police superintendent, Renato Nunes, told Hoje em Dia newspaper that the guard had had mental health problems since 2014 and often sought the prosecutor's office to denounce his own mother.

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