By Steve Dellar   |  10-06-2017   News
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A terrible tragedy reaches us from Brazil. In the southern region of Minas Gerais, a 50-year-old security guard named Damiao Soares dos Santos had been fired from his job and couldn’t deal with the consequences. In an act of madness, he attacked the local nursery by throwing a flammable liquid inside and then setting the place on fire. Mr. dos Santos himself was heavily burned and later died of his wounds.

In the nursery fire, 4 children were burned to death as well as their teacher. Other children have been rushed to nearby hospitals.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="pt" dir="ltr">Acompanhe no <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CidadeAlerta?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CidadeAlerta</a> o caso do segurança que ateou fogo em crianças de uma creche em Janaúba (MG) <a href="https://t.co/9tucKJ7neT">pic.twitter.com/9tucKJ7neT</a></p>&mdash; Cidade Alerta (@cidadealerta) <a href="https://twitter.com/cidadealerta/status/916028532299567104?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 5, 2017</a></blockquote>

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The events took place in the remote town of Janauba in Minas Gerais state.

According to Brazilian O Globo newspaper, Mr. dos Santos had been fired after coming back from annual leave with a health condition which caused him to stay home for a further period. His employer was unhappy about it and fired Mr dos Santos on the spot.

He took the flammable liquids to the Gente Inocente childcare nursery and started the fire.

Another twenty-five children aged between four and five are being treated for second and third degree burns in local hospitals. The state capital Belo Horizonte has sent various helicopters to airlift some of the worst burn victims to a specialized burn unit hospital.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="pt" dir="ltr">Nomes das crianças vítimas do ataque na creche em Minas Gerais foram divulgados. Acompanhe no <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CidadeAlerta?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CidadeAlerta</a> <a href="https://t.co/NNCIyP5pin">pic.twitter.com/NNCIyP5pin</a></p>&mdash; Cidade Alerta (@cidadealerta) <a href="https://twitter.com/cidadealerta/status/916044981852184576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 5, 2017</a></blockquote>

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O Globo newspaper was able to interview a mother of one of the victims, four-year-old Juan Miguel Soares Silva. Ms Jane Kelly da Silva Soares stated in an emotional answer: "We are about to move to a different neighbourhood," Jane Kelly da Silva Soares said. I woke up early to drop him at the nursery. When I saw him again he was already dead in hospital."

President Michel Temer also reacted to the tragedy: "I'm very sorry about this tragedy involving children in Janauba. I want to express my sympathy to the families. This must be a very, very painful loss."

Source:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41515503

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