Five escape daycare fire unharmed

Fire investigators are investigating what caused a fire at a home daycare in north Charlotte.

Crews were called to the 4200 block of Devonbridge Lane on Thursday morning to the report of a house fire.

Investigators say a neighbor spotted the flames outside the house, knocked on the door, told the people they needed to get, and then that neighbor called 911.

When crews arrived, fire was pouring out of the roof of the home and smoke was coming out of both sides.

One adult and four children were inside the home at the time and got out of the home unharmed, firefighters told WBTV.

The address of the home is listed as the Learning Circle Child Development Home. Kristie Hamilton runs the daycare. She and four other children escaped, unharmed.

"God has a plan for me," she told WBTV.

Hamilton says she lost everything, but is glad no one was hurt.

"Things could have been a lot worse," she said.

DHHS records show the home daycare is licensed for daytime care only and can have a maximum of five preschool children at any time. The daycare can also serve no more than two infants under the age of one.

Investigators have ruled the fire accidental and say it started when charcoal re ignited inside of a trash can.

"They lost pretty much everything. Those are material things. The most important thing is they made it out okay," said Hamilton's brother, Greg Minor.

The Red Cross is assisting the family displaced by the fire.

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