Cypress day care destroyed by fire, after flood damage earlier this year

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A daycare damaged by floods was destroyed today by fire. Jeff Ehling reports. (KTRK)

First the flood, now the fire -- a northwest Harris County day care is suffering from its second disaster this year after fire destroyed the recently renovated building.

The day care on Huffmeister Road near FM 1960 is gone, fire wiping out a business that was set to reopen after being flooded out back in April.

Day care owner Andrea Pitts can't believe what happened to her business. "I'm just, I can't, it's difficult for me to even look over there because we put so much into it."

The day care went in flames just after 6am. It's not the first time Pitts has seen disaster at the business she's dreamed of running. The same building was damaged by floods back in April.

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A fire has destroyed a daycare in northwest Harris County



Pitts said, "Every obstacle we have been overcoming, you know, this is wrong, that is wrong. We got to put in new walls, we got to put in new floors, got to do this and all of that has been going well. Now everything is up in flames."

Firefighters do not yet know how this started. Three buildings are destroyed, but the owner of the property says despite the recent set backs, the day care will get a chance to reopen.

Onwer Hanna Khalil said, "I'm going to put up a really nice facility here and she will run it. It will be a grand facility, probably the best one in the area."

Arson investigators say the cause of the fire is still under investigation and it could be several days before they know why this happened.

Meanwhile, a Harris County Sheriff's deputy who was here setting up traffic cones was hit by a car. The deputy was taken to a near by hospital as a precautions. One of her fellow deputies says the officer is fine.
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