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Nearby fire misses Sylvester daycare


Sandra Wells got a call that no business owner ever wants to hear.

"I received a call about 9:30 stating that the top of my center was on fire and quite naturally I did panic a little bit, said daycare director Sandra Wells.

Thankfully Wells' business wasn't on fire but the house behind it was.

"You can see how it could be mistaken my place was on fire," said Wells.

The owner of the house, 83-year-old Virginia Coker, wasn't at home at the time of the fire but four other people were in the house.  They all made it out safe.

Flames barely missed a nearby tree and utility pole. To make matters even worse, the power line is wrapped around the tree.

"We called Water, Gas, and light and they got there on time to shut off power and other services to this house before further damage could be done," said Sylvester Fire Chief Jody Yarbrough.

Wells said she is thankful that the fire station is so close to her business.

She is grateful that her business is ok although she feared for the worse.

"I was like oh my! My hart just started pounding. I said Oh God, please don't let my daycare be burned down we just got started," said Wells.

The cause of this fire is still under investigation, but we do know it started in the back of the house.

If you want to help Virginia Coker, you can call the Sylvester Fire Department or the Red Cross here in Albany.


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