A fire ripped through a DeKalb County day care and caused the roof to collapse early Monday.
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Fire destroys DeKalb County day care

A fire ripped through a day care and caused the roof to collapse, one of two fires reported early Monday in DeKalb County.

The fire that shut down the day care was reported about 2 a.m. at Star Child Learning and Development in the 4000 block of Covington Highway, according to Channel 2 Action News.

DeKalb fire battalion chief James Staples said although no firefighters were injured in the blaze, cleanup efforts are still underway.

Firefighters suspect the blaze started in the front of the building, Channel 2 reported.

The cause has not been determined.

About 5:30 a.m., another fire was reported about six miles away in the 4500 block of Raleigh Drive.

When firefighters got to that scene, they found two cars in a driveway on fire and the blaze spreading to a nearby brick house, DeKalb fire battalion chief Greg Rucker said.

DeKalb County firefighters battled flames that engulfed two cars and a brick house early Monday on Raleigh Drive. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

It was difficult to extinguish the fire because bricks hold heat, Rucker said.

Gas from the vehicles also caused some issues with extinguishing the blaze, but crews were able to get it under control quickly, officials said.

No one was injured in the fire.

The cause is under investigation.

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