A toddler rushed out of a burning home daycare is fighting for his life in intensive care with life threatening injures. He had to be sent to VCU Medical after the fire broke out in a garage and spread to the second floor where eight children were inside.
Emotional parents ran to the scene not knowing whether their children were safe.
"I'm relieved that he's ok,” one parent said upon arrival.
The call came in just after noon that the Valerie Court home was in flames startling, neighbors.
"I see that the side of the house is on fire, just burned down and everything,” said Armond Granger.
Fire crews were working to put out the flames when they found one child was trapped inside.
"All of a sudden I see a couple of firefighters rush to the house, I see a woman shriek and a firefighter is carrying a child out, rushes to the back of the ambulance. A Chesterfield police officer yells at me, ‘hey move the cones for me' so I move the cones and the ambulance just sped off and took the child to the hospital,” said Brandon Kelly.
Investigators say the daycare owner thought she got all of the 8 children who were inside out, but was wrong. While battling the blaze, a firefighter had to be treated for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion.
Now neighbors are praying the child pulls through.
"It's saddening. I hope everything is ok with that child. You can replace a house but it's hard to replace someone in your life like that,” Kelly said.
"I'm sure if they need it then everyone in this neighborhood will definitely be willing to support them,” Granger added.
The ceiling of the home's garage was burned through and the room above it collapsed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire department says there is a county business license on file for the home, but when it comes to a state daycare license, the Department of Social Services says it doesn't have any record of the home.
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