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FATAL FIRE-NC

6 die in fire at eastern North Carolina home

GARLAND, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say six people have died in a house fire in eastern North Carolina.

Sampson County deputies say in a news release that the fire was reported around 1 a.m. Saturday. Authorities found five bodies in the rubble of the mobile home immediately, and a sixth victim was found a few hours later.

Deputies and the Sampson County Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the cause of the blaze. Sheriff's Capt. Eric Pope says there was no immediate evidence it was intentionally set.

The names of the victims or their relationships to each other have not been released.

Pope says no one was able to escape the blaze.

Garland is a town of about 600 people around 75 miles south of Raleigh.

TODDLER IN POOL

18-month-old child dies after being found in pool

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Cumberland County authorities say an 18-month-old child has died after being found unresponsive in a pool.

The sheriff's office says the child was found Friday in a pool in the Cander Woods neighborhood.

The statement from the sheriff's office says emergency personnel performed live-saving measures on the child, to no avail.

Authorities haven't identified the child, and no further details were available Friday afternoon.

TRAIN-CAR CRASH

2 killed after train hits car in Wake County

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say two people have died after their car was struck by a freight train in Wake County.

Investigators told local media outlets that the car was stopped on the tracks in Morrisville around 10 p.m. Friday and appeared to get stuck between the stop arms on the crossing signal as the train approached and could not get out of the way.

Authorities identified the victims as 55-year-old Fiona Hudson and 57-year-old John Hudson of Southern Pines.

The incident remains under investigation.

EQUIPMENT FATAL

Man killed by falling equipment from truck in Va.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Police in Newport News say a man has died after a metal object from a flatbed truck fell on him.

Police spokeswoman Holly McPherson says in a news release the 79-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene of Friday's accident in Newport News.

McPherson says two men were transporting various pieces of equipment on a flatbed truck when the load shifted. The truck pulled over and the men were adjusting the truck's cargo straps when a piece of equipment fell.

Police identified the victim as John Parmley of Oriental, North Carolina.

ASHEVILLE SHOOTING

Los Angeles man shot to death in NC home

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Police say a 56-year-old woman has been charged with killing a Los Angeles man in a home in Asheville.

Investigators told local media outlets that Sheryl Todd was charged Friday with voluntary manslaughter after 69-year-old Walter Stevenson died several hours after the shooting at a home owned by Todd's mother.

Police say the people in the home were cooperating with investigators.

Authorities wouldn't talk about what led to the shooting.

Todd is being held at the Buncombe County jail. It wasn't known if she had a lawyer.

PLANT CLOSING

Plant with 200 workers closing in Chatham County

MONCURE, N.C. (AP) - A plant that makes industrial fibers is closing in Chatham County, leaving at least 140 people without a job.

Local media outlets report that Performance Fiber filed paperwork saying it would have mass layoffs as it closes its plant in Moncure by Oct. 27.

The company says the plant has about 200 workers, and about 60 of them will be given the chance to transfer to another plant about 90 miles away in Salisbury.

Chatham County Manager Charlie Horne says the county hopes the plant's site can be can be redeveloped into an industrial park.

Officials with Performance Fiber didn't talk about the closing.

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