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North City Child Care Center Damaged By Fire

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis firefighters spent roughly two hours battling blazes at a north St. Louis child care center early Monday morning.  Battalion Chief Russ Richter says flames broke out at Radiant Faith Daycare Center just after 2:00am.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, Richter says flames were shooting out of the second floor windows. "We had fire showing out of about 13 windows when we pulled up.  And it actually burned through the roof in some spots, gutted the second floor.  There were some big, looked like large classrooms upstairs, and a full kitchen, maybe some separate rooms for kids studying or doing whatever they do for their daycare. It pretty much destroyed the second floor of the place."

Despite the destruction, it’s likely families won’t be impacted by the fire.  Neighbors say the child care center has been empty for at least a year.

The chief says they're still investigating the cause of the fire, and aren't saying whether they suspect foul play.  Firefighters did not find anyone in the building when they arrived at the scene, and no one was injured in the fire. 

Richter explains, "We did a complete search of the building, didn't find anyone. We had a little bit of extension onto the building next door, mostly on the exterior, but we stopped that, and kept much of the damage to the original fire building."