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Man killed in Fayetteville house fire

Posted January 11, 2012

— Cumberland County fire investigators believe an electrical malfunction might have been to blame for a blaze that killed a man early Wednesday.

Flames tore through a single-story house at 2539 John Smith Road, near Hope Mills, around 1:45 a.m., causing heavy damage.

Someone passing by saw smoke pouring out of the home and called 911, authorities said. By the time firefighters arrived, the fire had burned itself out.

The body of Danny Ray Barber, 57, was found in a bathroom.

Investigators said Barber he might have tried to get out of the house and became disoriented.

There were no other people inside the home and no reports of injuries.

Authorities were still investigating the fire Wednesday afternoon but said it was confined to a bedroom and didn't appear suspicious in nature.


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  • advertaylor913 Jan 12, 2012

    Very sad story.

  • justabumer Jan 11, 2012

    Why do you think it's so important for them to please you with their writing style?

  • AngryJim Jan 11, 2012

    @rwest134.... flame me all you want.... frankly, if WRAL had correctly done its job, and put a little more research into it than a 7th grade research paper, I wouldn't have obviously felt compelled to make the comment I had.

    Since the time I posted my first comment, it does appear that they actually HAVE made corrections to the story, and reads better, and clearly details what is known and not known.

    So, hmmm, it would stand to reason that my comment actually had some merit to it.

    Nuff said.

  • justabumer Jan 11, 2012

    A man lost his life and the major concern is WRAL's presentation of the information? Get a life.

  • mrsbowen Jan 11, 2012

    I think the story reads fine. There was likely an electrical problem, that was not intentionally designed for the purpose of starting a fire. It can be an accidental, electrically caused fire!

  • AngryJim Jan 11, 2012

    so what IS the correct story? Do investigators beleive it was caused by an electrical problem, or caused by an accident?
    Does the staff at WRAL proof read anything? Or do they just boiler-plate all of their stories?

    Come on man!