Officials are trying to determine what caused a fatal house fire yesterday.
Two people were killed when the Henry County home caught fire.
David Johnson has more.
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(( It was around four in the morning, when this house at 282 Wingfield Orchard Road caught fire.
Pleasant Grove residents were awakened by Jeff Barker, who they say was the only survivor. He came to their door asking them to call for help.
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((JOANNA CARTER/NEIGHBOR; AS SOON AS WE DID, WE CAME OUT AND BY THEN THE BASEMENT WAS TOTALLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES. I GUESS IT HAD SPREAD SOME UPSTAIRS, BECAUSE WHEN WE TOUCHED THE DOOR, THE DOOR WAS REALLY HOT.))
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Officials haven't confirmed who the victims were, but five different neighbors say it was Jeff's parents and the home owners, William and Bonnie Barker.
They say William Barker was handicapped, a quadraplegic.
The home is far from any fire stations, and fire officials say they needed twenty minutes after the call to reach the house, only to find it nearly destroyed.
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((RODNEY HOWELL/FIRE MARSHALL; IT TOOK A WHILE TO EXTINGUISH IT BECAUSE THE FIRE ORIGINATED IN THE BASEMENT. AS A RESULT WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT GOT HERE, WE HAD FIRE ON BOTH FLOORS. WE COULDN'T MAKE AN INTERIOR ATTACK BECAUSE THE FLOOR ON THE FIRST FLOOR HAD ALREADY COLLAPSED. WE WERE PRETTY WELL HAMPERED BY THAT.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; AN AUTOPSY IS BEING PERFORMED ON THE COUPLE TO CONFIRM THEIR IDENTITY AND TO DETERMINE THEIR CAUSE OF DEATH. MEANWHILE, FIREFIGHTERS WILL CONTINUE TO SIFT THROUGH THE DEBRIS, TRYNG TO DETERMINE WHAT STARTED THE FIRE. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, HENRY COUNTY.))
The topic of whether racism exists in the Lynchburg school system is on the front burner today in the Hill City. A State Department of Education review team is in town to investigate whether black students and teachers are treated unfairly in the city schools.
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Steve Smallshaw is outside E-C Glass High Scholl. Steve, what does the review team hope to accomplish?
((Rollcue:a public forum this morning.))
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Police in Danville have released the identity of a Pennsylvania man found fatally shot in the head Saturday night.
The victim is 29-year old Garfield Maragh (Mah-RAW).
Authorities say it appears he was shot in the head at the West End Apartment Complex in Danville.
All this comes as a surprise to one neighbor, who says he didn't recall seeing or hearing anything unusual.
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((SYLVESTER STEPHENS/WEST END APT. RESIDENT; THIS IS A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT I'M SURPRISED WE DIDN'T SEE IT HAPPENED. FRANKLY, I'M REALLY SUPRISED. Is this very unusual? YEAH, DEFINITELY.))
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The victim body has been sent to Roanoke for an autopsy, which is scheduled for tomorrow.
Police say they have no suspects at this time.
Today marks the 57th anniversary of the bombing at Pearl Harbor.
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On December 7th, 19-41 Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U-S Pacific fleet killing more than 2-thousand seamen.
The Japanese planes also sunk or severly damaged more than a dozen ships and destroyed 200 aircraft.
A day later Congress declared war against Japan.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the attack "a day that will live in infamy."
A Danville seaman killed in the Pearl Harbor attack was remembered yesterday.
Carl David (Door)Dorr was one of the 448-men who died on the U-S-S Oklahoma that day in 1941.
57-years later, Dorr's nephew found evidence in the bottom of a chest that his uncle was one of the men who made that sacrifice.
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((TOM DORR/DORR'S NEPHEW; INSIDE THE CHEST WERE THE TWO KEY ELEMENTS I HAD TO HAVE. THE SERVICE NUMBER AND THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. BY HAVING THOSE I ASKED THE HELP OF CONGRESSMAN VIRGIL GOODE TO NOTIFY THE NAVY AND THE NAVY GRACIOUSLY PRESENTED THE MEDALS TO THE FAMILY SEVERAL MONTHS AGO.))
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A post-humous ceremony was held in Dorr's honor.
The Pearl Harbor Commemorative medal, the World War II Victory medal and the Purple Heart were among the ten medals awarded to Dorr's family.
Police say high speed led to a costly TRUCK accident in Henry County yesterday.
It happened on highway 2-20. State police say Donald (Suff-kur) Soefker, of Winston-Salem, was headed north when his rig rolled twice on a curve.
Officials tell us Soefker was hauling a load of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Most of the half millon dollar cargo spilled out when the trailer ripped open.
Soefker wasn't seriously hurt, but police say reckless driving charges are pending.
``Endeavour'' astronauts today will take the first of three spacewalks to assemble the international space station.
The Russian built (ZAH'-ree-yah) Zarya control module and American Unity chamber were sucessfully connected yesterday creating a seven story tower out of the cargo bay of the shuttle.
A camera on Zarya captured amazing pictures that even the Endeavor
crew couldn't see.
The two modules are so massive that Astronaut Nancy Currie had to rely on cameras and computer graphics to guide the shuttles robotic arm as it reached out and grabbed Zarya.
MISSION CONTROL "..A LOT OF PEOPLE EXHALING DOWN HERE - WE HAD A
TERRIFIC VIEW FROM DOWN HERE WATCHING NANCY'S GOOD WORK"
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Today two astronauts will spend six hours in space hooking up cables between the two components.
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A scary day for Denver at home yesterday. The Broncos were down 14- nothing to Kansas City before mounting a comeback.
Halfway through the fourth quarter, John Elway had to rally the Broncos from 10 down. Here he hooks up with Shannon Sharpe on
the 24- yard touchdown pass.
The Broncos are only the third team in history to start the season 13 and oh.
The Ferrum Panthers got rocked in the Championship game of the Rotary Classic in Ferrum over the weekend.
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The Panthers appeared ready to play as they took the court.
But the Panther defense was too short to handle the Embry-Riddle big man, Dewayne Gordon, who slams down the two handed jam.
Ferrum's J-R Reynolds of Roanoke would steal the ball and take it down the court for the short jumper, just two of his game high 12 points.
The Panthers moved the ball around well--
it gets to Curtis Lipscomb who makes the nice reverse move, but the Panthers lose it 88 to 68.
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Number two Maryland took on fifth- ranked Stanford in the B-B and T Classic.
Watch the Terp's Steve Francis run the floor and score the layup- Maryland goes up 54-51 late in the second half.
Then the next time down the floor, Francis makes the
steal and gets the bucket. Maryland is able to hold off the Cardinal 62 to 60.
A commedian and a child movie star are among this year's Kennedy Center honorees.
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Every year the Kennedy center names several Americans as leaders in the arts and culture.
This year's honorees include Bill Cosby, singer Willie Nelson, conductor Andre Previn, Broadway composer John Kander and his lyricis partner Fred Ebb.
The sixth honoree was former child star Shirley Temple Black.
Some of the people paying tribute included Phylicia Rashad discussing her TV co-star.
IT DOESN'T TAKE A LOT
OF INTELLIGENCE TO PUT PEOPLE DOWN, BUT IT TAKES BILL'S INTELLIGENCE AND
SENSIBILITIES AND GRACE TO EMBRACE THE WHOLE WORLD WITH HUMOR AND UPLIFT
IT WITH LAUGHTER. ))
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On hand to watch the show, as usual, were the President and first lady.
A woman celebrating her 95th birthday this weekend
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must have been tickled pink with her presents.
Her family filled her yard with 95 pink plastic flamingos...one for each year of her life.
Gladys says her happy outlook on life is her secret to living well.