5 Hospitalized After Fire Rips Through Tennessee Day Care

A fire broke out at a day care center in rural western Tennessee on Wednesday morning, sending five people to the hospital, including an officer who helped rescue children from the building.

Officials with Jackson-Madison County General Hospital said they were treating three children and two adults.

Hospital spokeswoman Kay Cranford said two of the children and both adults were in good condition and the other child was in fair condition. She cited privacy laws in declining to release the names of the injured.

Alamo Police Chief Gary Skipper told The Associated Press the officer is Kevin Sugg, who was off duty when he helped get children away from the fire.

Skipper said it appeared the officer was not seriously injured in the blaze at Heavenly Angels day care.

It wasn't immediately clear how many children were at the center when the fire broke out. State records indicate the center was small, with just three rooms.

Fire officials were at the scene and couldn't immediately be reached for comment about what might have caused the fire.

On Oct. 1, a 10-month-old child died at Heavenly Angels, which had earlier been put on probation by the state. No charges were filed in the death, which is under investigation.

The Department of Human Services said the center had been on probation since August for not having enough caregivers to meet the required ratio of caregivers to children.

Michelle Mowery Johnson, a spokeswoman for the department, said the day care had closed pending the outcome of the investigation.

Alamo is 70 miles northeast of Memphis.