39 children and nine adults were evacuated after fire broke out at a daycare facility Tuesday afternoon (March 9) in Alexander County. Shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, Stony Point, Hiddenite, Vashti, Taylorsville, and Ellendale Fire Departments responded to Small Hands Learning Center on Stony Point School Road in Stony Point. Alexander County Rescue and EMS also responded.
The Alexander County Fire Marshal says approximately $30,000 in damage was done to the structure. The fire’s origin was on the exterior of the building, the cause was undetermined. No injuries were reported. It will take some work before the daycare can resume operations in the building.[Story and photo courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]