TAMINES, Belgium (AP) _ A man who had financial problems shot and killed his sick wife, started a fire that killed their three children, and took his own life, police said.

Christian Servais killed his 32-year-old wife, Nicole, with a rifle outside their home in Tamines, in central Belgium, according to a police official who asked not to be identified.

Before killing himself with the rifle, Servais, 35, set fire to the house, which claimed the lives of their three children, two girls and a boy ranging in age from 3 to 11, the police said.