Day care fire may have been started by child playing with matches

The fire that killed 2-year-old Darjon Taylor at a South Side home day care Jan. 16 may have been caused by a child playing with matches, Chicago Police spokesman Marcel Bright said Wednesday.

Bright said investigators for the fire and arson investigation unit have classified the fire as "accidental" and believe that
a child playing with matches was the cause.

Fire officials also determined that Porter's Day Care, at 8424 S. Saginaw Ave., had working smoke detectors in place at the time of the fire.

The owner, Thomasine Porter, was cited by DCFS in November 2007 for a lack of working detectors.

Porter managed to lead five other children in the home to safety.

A firefighter using a thermal imaging camera discovered Taylor in a closet on the first floor and carried him out. The child was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

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