All Kids A-OK After Fire at Alameda Day-Care Center


Staff and kids from Marva’s Happy Town child-care center in the 2400 block of Lincoln Avenue are all safe and sound after a blaze led to center’s evacuation at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.

Seven kids, including one infant, had their afternoon naps interrupted, shared Marva Lyons.

“It’s a good thing we had fire drills!” she said. “It sure helped. Some of the kids were in a deep sleep. But they started running to get their shoes as soon as I woke them up.”

The children, most of whom are toddlers, waited patiently while firemen in five firetrucks arrived to put out the blaze, which started in the attic and spread quickly throughout the home, which houses the day-care center.

The kids spent a few minutes out on the sidewalk watching the action. Then, when the rain started, they moved into the living room of a nearby condo. Neighbors, including staff from Cliff’s Volvo shop across the street, shared blankets, crackers and other items with the kids, before their parents picked them up.

“We’re so grateful to everyone for their help,” Lyons said.