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Auto-parts business sustains $300,000 in damage from fire

Auto-parts business sustains $300,000 in damage from fire

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MAYODAN — Carquest Auto Parts at 916 Ayersville Road sustained about $300,000 in damages in a fire early Monday.

Firefighters from the Mayodan and Madison fire departments got a call around

4:50 a.m., and found heavy smoke in the building when they arrived. Additional firefighters from the Huntsville, Stoneville and Shiloh fire departments helped extinguish the blaze.

The fire was caused by a overheated florescent light, said Robert Cardwell, deputy fire marshal.

“The building is not that damaged, but the contents of the building were pretty damaged,” Cardwell said.

No one was injured in the fire.

Police release identity

of woman killed in wreck

ASHEBORO — The woman who died in an auto accident Monday near Ramseur has been identified as Margaret Pike, 93, of Siler City, according to the Highway Patrol.

Pike was a passenger in a westbound 1997 Chevrolet Lumina that turned in front of another car on U.S. 64 east about 8:30 a.m. Monday. The driver of the Chevrolet, Lillian Rush, 83, also of Siler City, remained in critical condition Tuesday at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The two passengers in the other car, a 1993 Honda Civic, were hospitalized. Linda Mendiola, 34, had been upgraded to fair condition Tuesday at UNC Hospitals . Miguel Ortiz-Fernandez, 20, was in fair condition at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

The driver of the Honda, Javier Mendez, was not seriously injured, said state trooper Brett Snotherly.

Snotherly said Rush and Pike were on their way from Siler City to pick strawberries at Kildee Farm near Ramseur when Rush attempted to turn left onto Parks Crossroad Church Road. She steered her car into the path of the Honda, which was travelling east toward Siler City at an estimated speed of 55 mph, Snotherly said.

No charges have been filed.

High Point Road eatery

is robbed at gunpoint

GREENSBORO — Three gunmen stormed a restaurant early Tuesday and forced an employee and two patrons to the floor, police said.

They also struck the manager in the back of the head with a gun, Greensboro police report.

About 1:42 a.m., the men armed with handguns entered the rear unlocked door of Buffalo’s at 4605 High Point Road, police report. The thieves took a wallet from one patron and cash from the business.

The manager, who was not identified, was taken to Moses Cone Hospital and treated for nonlife threatening injuries, police said. The men fled through the rear door.

Soldier from N.C. killed

in vehicle collision in Iraq

RALEIGH — A soldier from Ayden has died in Iraq, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

Sgt. Rodney A. Murray, 28, was killed Sunday when a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and his military vehicle collided outside Baghdad.

Murray was assigned to the Army Reserve’s 351st Military Police Company, Ocala, Fla.

— Staff and Wire Reports

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