Children, adults escape learning center fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Children, adults escape learning center fire

(WMC-TV) - A fire in a learning center created some tense moments for 13 children and two adults who scrambled to get out of the building.

Heavy smoke was pouring out of Nana's Rocking Rhyme Learning Center when fire crews arrived on the scene Thursday morning.

The learning center's owner Ray Vaughn said all of the kids were outside before the Memphis Fire Department arrived.

The owner said a fire alarm going off was what alerted staffers to the blaze.

When they went upstairs to see what triggered the alarm smoke was everywhere.

"It was heavily involved in the second floor, we have not pinpointed the origin at this point, said Memphis Fire Dept Lt. Wayne Cooke.

Firefighters said it took about 30 minutes to knock down the blaze.

They said it was a blessing no one was injured.

"Fire investigators complimented the learning center owner and staff. MFD said their quick thinking averted what could have been a disaster.

The owner said the damage will be repaired, but he's not sure yet when the learning center will re-open.

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