WENDELL, N.C. (WNCN) — The Wendell Police Department says they are now investigating a fire at a day care as arson. That day care has been at the center of of sexual assault allegations.
The fire at ABC Land on Raymond Drive in Wendell was reported just after 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. Wake County dispatch confirmed multiple agencies were investigating the fire.
Wendell police said officers on scene found, “a bottle containing a flammable chemical was located near the building.”
Police said in a release, “the chemical inside has not been tested at this time, but will as part of the investigation.”
The Wake County Fire Marshall responded to the scene, a member of the Wendell Fire Department said. The Wendell Fire Department also responded to the scene.
Wendell police say minimal damage was done to the building. A CBS 17 crew on scene reported a forensics unit is on-site and police tape is up keeping the day care secluded from the public.
Anyone with information on the fire, is asked to contact Sergeant Williams at 919-355-4297.
Additionally, the State Bureau of Investigation is currently looking into allegations of sexual assault at the day care.
Police previously told CBS 17 that three families claim their 3-year-old children were sexually assaulted by a worker at ABC Land. The complaints are against one unnamed employee with the first report coming in on Jan. 4.
The day care has also recently been flagged for violations from the North Carolina Health and Human Services.
On Dec. 5, here were five violations noted, but not connected to the sexual assault allegations, CBS 17 previously reported. Some of those violations can be read here.
On Tuesday night, CBS 17 has directly reached out to the Wendell Police and Fire departments, as well as, other official agencies throughout Wake County and is waiting to hear back.
This is a developing story.