The S.S.E.L Center was over taking by a serious fire this past week. The center opened its door in Nov.
2009 and specialized in the early development of children 6 weeks – 5 yrs old. The real story is the blaze
caught the day care center as 21 children were attending the facility. All 21 children were rescued by
daycare workers handing them over a fence from what could have otherwise been a tragic incident.
Chief Gaines of the Murfreesboro Fire Department attests the aversion of any lives lost or children
seriously injured to the excellent and “textbook” thinking of the daycare workers. As soon as the fire
alarm sounded daycare workers escorted children outdoors according to fire drill rules, although
trapped by smoke and heat to the rear of the building. Daycare workers handed children over the fence
one by one to police officers positioned on the other side. Anthony Skok, police officer first on scene,
believes that their quick actions and smart thinking helped save lives.
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