Children, workers escape Frayser day care fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Children, workers escape Frayser day care fire

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Another Memphis day care was evacuated this week after a fire broke out inside. The latest day care fire happened Wednesday morning in the 3300 block of N. Watkins Street.

Wednesday's fire happened just a block away from a fire that happened Monday.

It appears very suspicious, but fire investigators do not believe the incidents are related.

Lt. Wayne Cooke with the Memphis Fire Department said, "When we arrived on the scene at 8:41 there was light smoke showing from the exterior of the structure."

Hand-in-hand, Memphis police officers led children from inside the Rising Star Learning Academy to the safety of their anxious parents.

It took firefighters just under 20 minutes to get the fire under control.

"There were no children on the inside when we arrived. The workers as well as the children had escaped safely prior to our arrival," explained Cooke."

A total of five children and three daycare employees were inside the building when the fire started.

Rising Star Learning Academy is located in the 3300 block of North Watkins, directly beside Joann's Kid Learning Academy which caught on fire Monday afternoon.

Twenty-seven children were evacuated from the building and no one was injured. Memphis fire investigators determined that a candle left unattended in the office area sparked that blaze.

Cooke says Wednesday's daycare fire is under investigation, but preliminary information does not indicate the two fires were connected.

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