Next on News Seven-- a major fire in Fairlawn destroys four businesses...
we'll have the latest.
And workers at the Hoechst (HURKST) Celanese (SELL-oh-nese) Celco (SELL-co)
plant in Narrows are on the picket line.
This morning a major fire in FairLAWN swallowed up four businesses under one
Schewel's Furniture, The Carpet Shop, Powers Fence and a tax service.
All that's left are two partial walls and mounds of charred debris.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SUPER=01-Joe Trigg/Asst. Fairlawn Fire Chief; :21
SUPER=01-Buddy Trigg/Fairlawn Fire Chief; :32
SUPER=01-Calvin Powers/Building Owner; 1:03
SUPER=01-Nina Poe/Spectator; 1:11
SUPER=00-Mike Johnston/Spectator; 1:28
SUPER=@Tracy1; 1:42 Screen Right!!
OUT Q=News 7 Fairlawn.
(( This used to be The Carpet Shop.
A passing motorist who saw smoke and a glow coming from the business alerted
authorities around seven this morning.
Firefighters say the blaze started in the Carpet Shop's warehouse, and
burned unnoticed for quite a while.
They spent 30 minutes battling heavy smoke and heat inside, before they were
forced to retreat.
((JOE TRIGG/ASST. FAIRLAWN FIRE CHIEF: SHORTLY AFTER WE GOT ALL OUR MEN OUT OF
THE BUILDING, LIKE WITHIN A MINUTE OF IT THE ENTIRE ROOF INSIDE THE CARPET SHOP
DID COLLAPSE. ))
That's when the blaze began leaping to the other businesses. Their contents
served as fuel for its rage.
((BUDDY TRIGG/FAIRLAWN FIRE CHIEF: THE AMOUNT OF FIRE LOAD AND STUFF THAT'S
INSIDE CARPET. CARPET, A LOT OF IT'S GOT RUBBER BACKING, THEY'VE GOT ALL THE
PADDING AND EVERYTHING STORED IN HERE. IT'S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF FIRE LOAD IN
THIS BUILDING WITH THE FURNITURE COMPANY AND THE CARPET COMPANY BEING TOGETHER.
Calvin Powers owns the 30 year- old building, as well as The Carpet Shop and
He says everything appeared normal when the last employee left at six last
Powers says the four businesses employed a total of about 25 people. He
estimates more than two million dollars in damages.
((CALVIN POWERS/BUILDING OWNER: NOTHING I CAN DO EXCEPT GO ON FROM HERE, MAKE
QUESTION: AND YOU WILL REBUILD?
ANSWER: YES. ))
((NINA POE/SPECTATOR: WE'VE JUST BEEN OBSERVING IT. SURE IS A BIG LOSS. WE SURE
HATE TO SEE IT. ))
The blaze drew more and more spectators as firefighters from five
departments battled it throughout the morning.
Some spectators came from nearby homes and businesses who's electricity had
to be cut.
((DONNA WALKER & MIKE JOHNSTON/THE POWER WENT OUT AND I LOOKED OUT AND THE
CLOUD OF SMOKE WAS SO BIG AND I THOUGHT "OH MY."
I HAD NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS. ))
In the end, the flames spared only the tax service office, though the water
and smoke did not.
THE FIRE CHIEF SAYS THE BLAZE DID START AT GROUND LEVEL, BUT THE TOTAL ROOF
COLLAPSE WILL MAKE IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE HOW IT STARTED. IT WILL
BE AT LEAST TOMORROW BEFORE THEY CAN EVEN GET INSIDE THE BUILDING TO BEGIN THAT
TASK. TRACY ALTIZER, NEWS 7, FAIRLAWN.))
Authorities are on the scene of a fatal train accident in Martinsville.
News 7 has learned someone has been killed by a Norfolk Southern train near
Nationwide Homes on Rives (REEVES) Road.
It happened at around 3-45.
Norfolk Southern spokesman Bob Auman says the train was headed south with a
full load of coal.
The speed limit in the area is 25- miles- per hour.
No word yet on the person's identity.
A News 7 crew is en route to the scene-- we'll have the latest tonight at
A deadly accident involving a school bus has prompted one bus driver to
The accident on route 24 in Bedford County killed one teenager and injured
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SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Yesterday; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :25
SUPER=01-Norman Culbreth/Alert Driver Trainer; :46
OUT Q=and be cautious.
(( Police say 16- year- old Christy Hawkins was headed west on Route 24
yesterday morning, when she rounded a curve and came up on a school bus that
had stopped to pick up a passenger.
Hawkins was unable to stop or swerve in time and collided with the rear of
Her front seat passenger, 16- year- old Tracy Gwynn Arthur, was killed
Hawkins and her brother Robbie suffered minor injuries.
Norman Culbreth has been a school bus driver in Bedford County for six
He says drivers are constantly ignoring the bus's stop sign and flashing red
And he adds tailgating is also a problem.
Culbreth also runs Alert Driver Training Of Vinton.
He says there's one tip he gives ALL his students.
IN Q=IF YOU'RE INTO
((NORMAN CULBRETH/ALERT DRIVER TRAINER: IF YOU'RE INTO A CURVE AND YOU CAN'T
SEE VERY FAR YOU NEED TO BE SLOWING DOWN. YOU'RE FUTURE IN A MOVING VEHICLE IS
ONLY AS FAR AS YOU CAN SE. SO IF YOU CAN'T SEE AROUND THE CURVE YOU NEED TO BE
AWARE THAT YOU NEED TO BE SLOWING DOWN AND BE CAUTIOUS.))
OUT Q=AND BE CAUTIOUS
Culbreth also says on numerous occasions bus drivers report drivers who
don't stop for buses.
The complaints are then turned over to the police.
Union members at the Hoechst (HURKST) Celanese (SELL-oh-nese) Celco
(SELL-co) plant in Narrows say they feel betrayed.
They say the company is trying to break the contract they negotiated just
Union officials say the company is trying to take away workers seniority by
training employees with less experience to work in all sections of the plant.
Members lined route 4-60 in front of their union hall this morning, to drum
up community support.
IN Q=WE'RE JUST BASICALLY
((GARY ROBERTSON/UNION PRESIDENT: WE'RE JUST BASICALLY LETTING THE PUBLIC KNOW
WE'RE DISSATISFIED WITH THE COMPANY'S EFFORT TO OBTAIN SOMETHING THEY COULD NOT
GET IN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS.))
SUPER=01-Gary Robertson/Union President;
OUT Q=GET IN CONTRACT NEGOTIATION
The plant's human resource director, John McQuail, says the company is
acting within the agreed contract.
He says they stand by their decision to implement new job classifications in
the Celco plant.
These classifications enable the company to better meet the needs of the
The union's contract is good through the year 2000.
The plant employs about 19-hundred workers.
15-hundred of those are union members.
An arbitration date is scheduled in October.
Among other things the company makes yarn and cigarette filters.
Virginia Tech opened its Big East schedule on the road today and the Hokies
rout Boston College 45 to 7.
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Tech got on the board in the first quarter. Jim Druckenmiller hooks up
with Bryan Jennings on the 7 yard touchdown strike 7 to nothing Hokies.
The Tech defense made a big play. Tion Carpenter blocks this Boston
College punt and the Hokies take over with good field position at the 35.
Several plays later Shyrone Stith goes up the middle for the 9 yard
touchdown run and the Hokies took the 14 to nothing lead.
The Eagles game back Matt Hasselback hits Todd Pollack on the 9 yard
touchdown pass to make the score 14 to 7 Tech.
Tech answered the call in the second quarter Brian Edmunds takes the
handoff and he scores from 21 yards out and the Hokies led 21 to 7 at the half.
The Hokies scored 24 points in the SUPER=36-Virginia Tech/45/Boston
College/7/;second half to get their first win in the Big East 45 to 7 over
It wasn't pretty but the Virginia Cavaliers opened their A-C-C schedule
with a 21 to 3 win over Maryland.
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The Cavalier defense was responsible for the only score in the first half
Tony Dingle intercepts this pass and returns it 10 yards for the score 7 to
nothing Virginia at the half.
After a Virginia turnover Maryland's Joe O'Donnell booted this 45 yard
field goal with six minutes left in the third and the Terps trailed 7 to 3.
The Defense came through again for the Cavaliers. Late in the fourth
quarter Ronde Barber picks off this Maryland pass giving U-V-A the ball at the
19 yard line.
Several plays later Tiki takes the SUPER=36-Virginia/21/Maryland/3/;
handoff from Sherman and explodes into the end zone from 6 yards out the first
of his two touchdowns and the Cavaliers beat the Terps 21 to 3.
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((TIKI BARBER/123 YARDS 2 TOUCHDOWNS: ))
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/123 Yards 2 Touchdowns; :
OUT Q=.....TOUCHDOWNS LATE."
Virginia goes to 2 and 0 overall and 1 and 0 in the A-C-C.
The Ferrum Panthers were at Adams Stadium hosting the Cavaliers of Clinch
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The Panthers were hoping to give the home crowd something to cheer about.
But Clinch Valley was ready to spoil the party. Jay Withrow kicks this 30
yard field goal early in the first quarter for the early 3 to nothing lead.
The Cavaliers scored again before the half Ralph carter takes the handoff
and leaps into the end zone for the one yard touchdown to make it 10 to
Then early in the fourth quarter the Panther offense would get hot. Brith
Osinkosky hits former William Fleming standout Mike Souma who makes the great
fingertip catch for a 25 yard gain to set up a score.
Several plays later Osinkosky hits SUPER=36-Clinch
Valley/17/Ferrum/14/;Souma again this time for the 17 yard Touchdown to make
it 10 to 7 and but Clinch Valley wins it 17 to 14.
Liberty University was on the rebound this afternoon as the Flames hosted
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Flames vs Hornets; :
A beautiful fall day as the Flames came into Williams Stadium.
Liberty gets on the board first as Lawrence Worthington goes up and over
from the two yard line to make it 7 to nothing Flames.
In the second quarter it was Worthington again over the top and around the
defense for another Liberty score and the Flames led 13 to nothing.
After a Delaware State field goal SUPER=36-Liberty/27/Delaware
State/7/;Liberty deep in its own Territory hikes the ball over Brannan
Duncan's head for the first of two safeties in the first half Liberty led 13 to
7 at the half and Liberty wins it 27 to 7.
The Indians of William and Mary beat V-M-I this afternoon for that and all
of today's scores lets check the boards.
wipe to boards
SUPER=0101-/VMI/21/j/William & Mary/40////Ferrum/14/j/Clinch Valley/17///;
SUPER=0101-j/Ursinus/0//W & L/27///j/Liberty/27//Delaware St./7///;
SUPER=0101-/Citadel///Richmond///Night Game//James Madison///NcNeese
SUPER=0101-/Northwestern/18//Duke/10/3///Wake Forest///Georgia Tech///Night/;
SUPER=0101-/Southern Cal#16///Oregon St.///Night/j/Kansas
SUPER=0101-/Arizona State#18///North Texas///Night//Iowa#21/31//Iowa
SUPER=0101-/Kansas#24///Texas Christian///Night//Texas A & M#25///S.W.
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
New Yorks Todd Hundley set a major league record for homers by a catcher
this afternoon as the Mets beat the Braves 6 to 5 in 12.
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The Braves got on the board in the first inning. Lance Johnson misses the
fly ball allowing Terry Pendleton and Fred McGriff to score and the Braves took
the 2 to nothing lead.
Then in the third, McGriff comes through with this single scoring a runner
and the Braves were leading the game by a score of 5 to nothing.
But Hundley hits one for the SUPER=35-New York/6/Atlanta/5/;record books
this three run shot over the left field wall his 41-st and the Mets go on to
win the game 6 to 5 in 12 innings.
Sterling Marlin led second round qualifying at Dover this afternoon.
Marlin turned the Monster Mile at a speed of 153 point 276 miles per hour.
Bill Elliott was second fastest today. Jeff Burton will start 29-th and
his Brother Ward 33-rd.
Jimmy Spencer, Bobby Hamilton and Darrell Waltrip had to take provisional