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Ninth child dies after Brazilian nursery school fire

AFP  |  Rio De Janeiro 

A ninth child died today from burns caused when the security guard at a nursery school in sprayed children with flammable alcohol and started a fire.

The five year-old boy died overnight, the hospital treating him said in a statement.

The total toll from Thursday's blaze is now 11: nine children, the teacher who died trying to save pupils, and the security guard. About 40 people were injured and 19 were still in hospital, including three in a serious condition.

On Sunday, Brazilian President Michel Temer posthumously decorated the 43-year-old teacher, Heley de Abreu Silva Batista, for her bravery during the fire at the nursery school in Janauba, a small town about 370 miles (600 km) from the state capital of Minas Gerais.

Authorities say that the security guard had been suffering mental problems since 2014.

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First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 21:22 IST