DANVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Fire destroyed an activities center on the Sunrise Children's Services campus in Danville on Friday, causing no injuries but temporarily displacing 27 boys who live there.
“We transported all of the boys to a local church, which has graciously stepped in to help us feed and care for them,” said Sunrise Associate Director of Communications Melissa Bailey. .
For the safety and privacy of the young men, Bailey said she could not disclose the name of the church.
“We have been told the activities center will be a total loss,” said Sunrise President Dale Suttles.
Firefighters from Danville and Boyle County departments worked through most of the day to fully extinguish the fire.
Suttles said the boys will likely remain in temporary housing through the weekend. After all the excitement, employees planned to treat the boys to pizza and a movie on Friday night.
“God was watching out for us because every child and employee came out safe. We were blessed that no one was in the activity center at the time,” he said.
Sunrise operates six residential care locations throughout Kentucky, in addition to helping families and children in foster care and adoption. The Danville location is unique in that it provides therapeutic treatment for young men ages 6-18 who need long-term, comprehensive care.
“Please keep Sunrise in your thoughts and prayers as we assess and determine the damages from this fire,” Suttles said, who plans to rebuild the activity center, which contained a library, kitchen, meeting rooms and gym.
Bailey said should the community wish to help, monetary donations and gift cards would be greatly appreciated.