School guard burns four toddlers to death in Brazil

He was taken to hospital with burns to around 90 percent of his body.

Janauba, a city of 70,000, is located some 600km north of the city of Belo Horizonte.

Police said Damião Soares dos Santos, 50, set the fire in the rural town of Janauba in Minas Gerais state. "He has been an employee since 2008 and has never had a bad record so we could never have anticipated something of this nature happening", Mayor of Janauba, Carlos Isaildon Mendes, told the media.

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

About 50 people were sent to hospital with injuries, said Bruno Ataide Santos, director of the local hospital.

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A security guard at a day care center in Brazil started a fire killing four children and injuring nearly 30 others.

One of the victims was Ana Clara Ferreira Silva.

Police have been to his home and visited friends and relatives in an effort to understand his motive.

There were 80 children in the day care when the incident happened, and the police have confirmed four children and a teacher have died, while nine others are in a critical condition. Evacuation would have been more hard. "I want to express my sympathy to the families".

President Michael Temer tweeted: "I'm very sorry about this tragedy involving children in Janauba". I, who am a father, imagine that this must be a most painful loss.

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