Four toddlers killed after being set alight at day care centre

Five toddlers burned alive in arson attack on nursery

He went to the Gente Inocente childcare centre to hand in his medical certificate and then started the fire, O Globo newspaper reported.

The security guard has been named as 50-year-old Damiao Soares dos Santos.

According to BBC, Santos poured a flammable liquid over several people inside the day care before starting a fire. An additional 25 people, mostly children between the ages of one and four, were injured.

He also set himself on fire, police said. BBC reports that some of those who were injured may need to be airlifted to specialized trauma centers in the state capital of Belo Horizonte. A total of about fifty people were hospitalized due to injuries, 10 remained hospitalized in life-threatening conditions, said Bruno Ataide Santos, director of the hospital. "I want to express my solidarity with the families".

President Michel Temer moved to twitter and posted, "I immensely regret this tragedy involving children in Janauba". Police are still looking into the causes of the attack.

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.

He allegedly came to the center Thursday to turn in paperwork before starting the blaze.

The office of Janauba's mayor decreed seven days of mourning.

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