No one injured in day care center fire Friday

By REGINA BUTLER
Progress Staff Writer

There were tense moments at Touch of Love day care this past Friday morning when a kitchen fire broke out.
Firemen said when they arrived on the scene all of the children were on the playground and flames were erupting from the kitchen in the smoke-filled building.
Volunteer firemen had the flames out within minutes, but because of the smoke and fire damage, the children had to be transported to other places.
“We initially moved the children to the Image Screen Printing business up the street from the day care,” said fireman Jeremy Maxey.
While there, business owners gave the children sweatshirts against the cold, windy day.
Maxey said firemen have training in evacuation methods. “They change according to the time and place of the fire,” he said.
The children from the day care were carried to the Baptist Association Building.
“Folks stepped in to help right away,” Maxey said. “We called the city schools and they had a bus out there within five minutes, The Kitchen donated lunch to the children and the Baptist Association gave them a place to stay the rest of the day.”
Maxey also said the city police department sent a couple of officers to make sure the traffic flow was orderly.
There were 30 children involved in the situation, 21 were moved to the Baptist Association and the parents picked up the rest.
The fire caused cosmetic damages to the building.
Children were not at the day care site as of Tuesday.