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Spartanburg daycare destroyed by fire

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The Westgate Child Development Center caught fire Wednesday morning. (Oct. 9, 2013/FOX Carolina) The Westgate Child Development Center caught fire Wednesday morning. (Oct. 9, 2013/FOX Carolina)
The Westgate Child Development Center caught fire Wednesday morning. (Oct. 9, 2013/FOX Carolina) The Westgate Child Development Center caught fire Wednesday morning. (Oct. 9, 2013/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Five fire departments were called to the Westgate Child Development Center in Spartanburg early Wednesday after a passerby called 911, fire investigators said.

The center is located on Warren H. Abernathy Highway between Interstate 26 and Interstate 85.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire, but the building is destroyed, Westview-Fairforest Fire Chief Scott Garret said.

Garrett said the owner of the daycare has been notified and will be contacting parents. The daycare's assistant, Magdalene Dupree, was out at the scene and said that she had only talked with the daycare's director, who was working to contact parents.

Dupree said the fire broke out in the infant room, and the center takes care of children from 6 weeks old to 12 years old.

The daycare has about 40 kids enrolled, but people can pay weekly. Daily drop-ins are allowed, so they are having trouble notifying all parents, Dupree said.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but the Westview-Fairforest Fire Department will lead the investigation. Officials at the scene said the fire marshal and county arson investigator will also investigate the blaze.

Firefighters said the center is a total loss, and it will be closed on Wednesday.

Another daycare in the area has opened up their doors to people affected by the fire. It is located on at 985 Old Georgia Road in Moore and they can be reached at 864-574-0711.

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