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Firefighters were on scene of a fire in south Charlotte early Friday morning.
Crews were called to the home at Starbrook Drive and South Boulevard around 4:30 a.m.
Firefighters said the fire started in an outbuilding used as a garage or workshop behind the home. It was still burning an hour after the call.
There was smoke damage to the house, according to officials.
Channel 9 has a crew on scene working to gather more information.
Check back to wsoctv.com for updates to this developing story.Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:23:49 -0500
The biggest mall in our area -- Concord Mills -- has been open to Black Friday shoppers since 6 p.m. Thursday.
At one point overnight, the parking low was about 95 percent full.
Some shoppers Channel 9 spoke with said they stood in line since 9:30 a.m. One shopper said this is the first year she's ever done this.
“We haven't ever stood in line for this long. I think we just wanted to start a new experience. Stand in line with everyone else early in the morning. See what we can do,” said Amanda McConnell.
Stores here will stay open until 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Channel 9 is also watching the crowds at Charlotte's new premium outlets. The stores were packed at the new location in Steele Creek on Thursday night. It's the first holiday season for the outlets.
Some people told us they were surprised to see how many people came out right after Thanksgiving dinner.
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For others, it's tradition.
"It's more time I get to spend with her because I live across the state. So it's kind of some mother-daughter shopping bonding,” said one shopper.
The outlets are open until 10 p.m. Friday.
It hired off-duty police officers to direct traffic and help with the crowds.
Whale researchers say a killer whales of a type not usually seen in the Pacific Northwest have been showing up in large numbers this fall in Washington state’s inland waters and British Coloumbia.
The whales are known as exotic or outer-coastal orcas.
The outer-coastal orcas, which eat other mammals, have been spotted mostly near Vancouver Island, B.C., and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, according to The Seattle Times.
“The exotics have not been spotted in Puget Sound, where the resident orcas are mainly salmon-eaters,” the Times reported.
Wildlife biologist Brad Hanson told The Times the whales could be there because they’ve had a population boom, or they could be chasing a boom in the population of “seals and sea lions the whales prey upon.”
Hanson said the salmon-eating orcas normally found in the region do not interbreed with the exotics. He said the exotics do not pose a danger to the resident whales, but the number of resident orcas has dwindled for other reasons.Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:02:18 -0500 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories