A mother and her three children have died after their 34-year-old babysitter intentionally set fire to the house.
The babysitter reportedly set fire to the house intentionally in Hangzhou City, China’s Zhejiang province on June 22.
The fire was on the 18th floor of a residence and burned for some 50 square metres.
The mother and her three children all died in the fire. They had been rescued from the building but died shortly later in hospital.
The oldest child was 11 and the youngest was six.
According to Shanghai Daily, the fire started around 5 am in the apartment which was located on the 18th floor of a residential complex.
Firefighters put out the blaze by 6.48am. The fire had burned over some 50 metres.
The mother’s brother tried to enter the premises, however, was pushed back by firefighters.
The babysitter survived the fire. She had been working for the family for a year. Last month she asked her employer if she could borrow 100,000 yuan as she wanted to buy a house.
It’s been reported that the babysitter set fire to the apartment on purpose.
Her husband said she was in good relations with the babysitter and she had once even borrowed money from her employer.
After being questioned by police, she admitted to having stolen watches and children’s bracelets from the house reports iFeng.
One watch was said to be worth 200,000 (Sh2.9 Million) -300,000 yuan (Sh4.5 Million). It is claimed that the woman stole the watch and some children’s bracelets and took them to a pawn shop.
Police say the babysitter is currently a suspect and has been detained.