Fire Destroys Westgate Child Development Center -

Fire Destroys Westgate Child Development Center

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Fire investigators on scene at Westgate Child Development Center in Spartanburg Fire investigators on scene at Westgate Child Development Center in Spartanburg
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An early morning fire Wednesday destroyed the Westgate Child Development Center in Spartanburg. A driver passing by called 911 when they saw the flames. Several fire departments helped fight the blaze for about an hour.

Officials on the scene tell 7 On Your Side’s Britannia Smith one of the buildings which housed classrooms and a room where infants were cared for at the daycare has burned.  The whole building is a total loss due to smoke and water damage. There was no one inside and no injuries are reported.

The West view Fair forest Fire Chief says the owner of the daycare has been notified but is not returning calls to them. The Spartan burg County Arson Investigator is on scene. The team will start investigating inside the building once it is light outside.

A secretary with the daycare tells our reporter she is unable to get to the phone numbers inside the building to notify parents. 40 children are scheduled to be at the facility Wednesday. Parents are arriving to discover the fire and are being turned away.  The daycare has set up a phone number where parents can call to get updates later in the day.  The number is (864) 325-4126.

The daycare is located at 8271 Warren Abernathy Highway (Highway 29) in Spartanburg.

7 On Your Side is on the scene and will update this story.

UPDATE: October 9, 2013 6:08 pm

Investigators are still digging through burned material at the Westgate Child Development Center in Spartanburg County.

Officials say the call came in around 1 Wednesday morning, that the center was on fire.

Fire officials tell 7 On Your Side it’s  a total loss and children will have to find somewhere else to go for daycare services.

The building owner Hosea Radcliff doesn’t live nearby and doesn’t visit the facility daily.

He told 7 On Your Side he spoke with investigators as soon as he received the message that there was a fire and headed to the scene.

Radcliff said he was shocked at the damage.

I just didn’t think I would be anything to this magnitude. I expected a little paint burned off the wall or a kitchen fire but I didn’t expect this," said Radcliff.

Fire fighters tell us a decision was made by Spartanburg County to call in the State Law Enforcement Division to help sort through the burned material and process items from the fire that needed to be examined.

Members of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Fire  Investigation team were also there to help determine how the fire started.

Officials tell us they’re looking for burn patterns to try to determine how and where the fire started.

The building has been condemned according to Spartanburg County.  

Fire officials tell 7 On Your Side this is an older building and it didn’t have sprinklers. It did have a fire alarm system and smoke detectors.

Because the building holds children in 12th grade and younger it’s deemed an educational building and because it is smaller than  12,000 square feet, it is not required to have sprinklers.

Investigators tell me it could be a few days until we know what happened.

Radcliff has secured a place for your children to attend if you were a customer at Westgate Child Development Center.

The new location is First Steps, that’s right off of Blackstock Road

The address is 985 Old Georgia Road  in Moore 29369

864 574 0711

Supplies like baby diapers, food and all playing activities will be provided. The hours are the same as at the Child Development Center, 6am-7pm

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