Preschoolers die after being set alight in Brazil

Randolph Lopez
October 7, 2017

The episode led to the deaths of two girls and four boys, all of whom were 4 years old, and injured 25. Several outlets reported Friday that the death toll had risen to six children killed.

He had been fired from the Gente Inocente day care center after he returned from leave last month with a medical condition. Santos died from his injuries at the hospital.

Police said Damião Soares dos Santos, 50, set the fire in the rural town of Janauba in Minas Gerais state.

Brazil's President Michel Temer expressed his condolences via Twitter.

"I deeply regret this tragedy with the children in Janaúba (MG)".

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Mr Temer said that, as the father of a school-age child, he understood this must be an extremely painful loss for the parents. "But those who have been rescued, the children and the adults as well, we are very hopeful that all will survive", Pimentel told reporters at the scene.

They also revealed they have opened a line of inquiry into Mr dos santos who is believed to have been suffering from mental health issues, saying they have searched his home and questioned his family and close friends in order to determine his motives for carrying out the devastating attack.

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

He allegedly came to the center Thursday to turn in paperwork before starting the blaze. The mayor of Janauba has declared seven days of mourning.

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