Fire destroys activity center at Sunrise Children's Services in Danville

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DANVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Firefighters responded to a fire on the campus of Sunrise Children's Services in Danville on Friday afternoon. They say flames were shooting through the roof of the activity center when they arrived.

There was no one inside the center when the fire started. Someone on their way to lunch saw the fire and called 911. All of the children and staff at the center were accounted for and uninjured. It took firefighters about an hour to get the fire stopped. It destroyed the building. Firefighters say it will take some time until they know what started it.

For now, Sunrise Children's Services says the 27 boys on its campus have been taken to a local church where they are being fed and cared for right now.

"We just got a call from the director at Sunrise indicating they'd had a serious fire and that they needed a place and we were on their list for sheltering children and we're close and so we obviously just said 'sure bring them on'," said Randy Reese with First Baptist Church. "We didn't know at that time how long they were going to be here but looks like they may be here for a few days now."

Reese says the children will feel the loss of the activity center.

"I think it's going to be tough mostly for the kids. I think that's something, from talking with the workers here, that the kids utilized, enjoyed, was a very important part of their daily routines so I think that's going to be a troublesome thing for the children that are there but I think this community will pull together and we'll find some places where they can go and participate in athletics and the activities they utilized that facility for," said Reese.

The Danville campus of Sunrise Children's Services houses the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility. It provides around the clock care for boys ages 6 to 18 with severe emotional and behavioral problems.

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