Fire forces shelter evacuation

By Ed Brock

A fire in a shed caused the evacuation of the Rainbow House shelter for abused children.

The fire occurred around 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Clayton County Fire Department investigators are still investigating the cause, department spokeswoman Amy Nix said.

None of the children were injured but the building sustained some smoke damage. There were at least 17 children staying at the shelter at the time, said Chuck Fischer, deputy director of Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services, but he wasn't sure if they were at the shelter at the time of the fire.

"It is going to be an issue for us because the kids will need a place to stay tonight," Fischer said.

People in surrounding buildings were evacuated.