Lee’s Summit day care damaged in overnight fire

A Lee’s Summit day care was significantly damaged in a fire just after midnight Saturday.

The Lee’s Summit Fire Department was dispatched to the International Children’s Academy at 905 S.E. Douglas St. when fire alarms went off around midnight, according to a news release.

No one was injured in the fire.

The International Children’s Academy said in a Facebook post to parents that it is temporarily relocating to another facility at 3801 N.E. Independence Ave. in Lee’s Summit and plans to reopen at the new location by early next week.

“As sad and hard as this might be for us, we are picking up the pieces to carry on and still provide our loving care for our families,” the day care wrote in an earlier post about the fire.

In a news release, the fire department said it appeared the fire started in a space between the ceiling and the roof. It eventually worsened to the point that fire crews had no visibility and were told to exit the building because of the risk of roof collapse.

After crews left the building, the release said, the roof of the day care was burned through. The fire was brought under control just after 3 a.m. Crews cleared the scene by around 5:30 a.m.

According to the Lee’s Summit Fire Department the “structure and contents sustained significant damage.”

The Missouri Division of Fire Safety is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

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Katie Bernard covers Kansas crime, cops and courts for the Kansas City Star. She joined the Star in May of 2019. Katie studied journalism and political science at the University of Kansas.