Children escape daycare fire in Fisher

Children escape daycare fire in Fisher (Lauren Kostiuk)

A home is a total loss after a fire broke out at a daycare in fisher Friday morning around 9:30 a.m.

All eight kids inside were able to get out safely.

The daycare owner says, she practices monthly fire drills at the daycare that she has been running for about 25 years.

“All the kids went out perfectly. They went to the right tree," said Mary Blyth, daycare owner. “If our kids haven't had known what to do, this could've been a horrible situation."

Especially for how fast the fire grew.

“Within five minutes of getting everyone, the flames were starting to come out the windows," Blyth said.

That's why Sangamon Valley Fire Protection District Fire Chief says every house and business should have a plan.

“I can't commend them enough for their fire safety prevention and taking care of what they needed to do,” said Eric Staleter.

But with the kids' safety on Blyth’s mind, she wasn't able to grab much.

“The smoke was too thick and too hot,” Blyth said. “We just don't know what we are going to do from here," Blyth said.

The family is working on figuring out what is next for them and the daycare, hoping they can use a space in the community for the time being.

Fire officials continue to investigate what caused this fire.

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