Alert Workers, Citizens Help Save Children From Del City Daycare Fire

Wednesday, August 5th 2020, 8:22 am
By: Ashley Holden

DEL CITY, Okla. -

Families are waiting to find out where almost two dozen kids will go for care after a daycare fire in Del City.

Over the Rainbow Child Development Center erupted in flames Tuesday afternoon. Investigators believe the fire started outside, burning up vans that sit just outside the facility.

Employees had no idea the building was burning until someone came to the front door said the back of the building was on fire. Thanks to daycare workers and people in the area, 22 children inside the daycare are OK.

Together, staff and Good Samaritans picked up the children, put them in cribs and rolled them to safety.

"Kudos again to those workers," Del City Fire Chief Brandon Pursell said. "[They] knew exactly what to do. Got those kids out safely. Those Good Samaritans [were] risking a lot to check on them."

People in the area, like Carl Smith, said they want to keep stepping up to help. 

"Hopefully, everyone will pitch in and help," Smith said. "Wherever help is needed, we will help."

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. 

News 9 reached out to staff at the daycare to see what's next for the building and the children.