• Lexi Ponder

Four children killed in day care fire set by security guard

On Oct. 5, 2017, at least four children were killed, and others were injured in a day care center fire started by a security guard. This disaster took place in Janauba, in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The children who were murdered were between the ages of four and six.

According to CNN, “The fire was started by a security guard working at the facility, according to Brazilian state news agency, who allegedly set the facility ablaze before torching himself.” Police identified the security guard as 50-year-old Damiao Soares dos Santos, according to the BBC.

CNN was informed by a police spokesman, Major Gracielle Rodrigues, that a teacher of the day care center was in critical condition in the hospital. They also found out that about 20 others had also been injured or suffered from injuries by the fire, including some children. Police were also able to confirm that the man who started the fire died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

According to the BBC, the investigation for the motive of the fire and the killings is still being continued. Local news reported that the attack might have had something to do with dos Santos’s dismissal after returning from an annual leave last month with an alleged health condition. He later returned to turn in his health certificate to the day care center and allegedly proceeded to start the fire.

Carolos Isaildon Mendes, mayor of Janauba, declared that the citizens of Janauba would have seven days of mourning for the victims.