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Three children died in an early morning house fire and one was left in critical condition.
Judy Le spoke to a family friend coping with the loss.
Kristy Buckner/ Family Friend: "This is the room right here that the kids sleep in, right here."
Three kids, two girls and one boy all under the age of ten died in a house fire on James street, off Log Cabin Drive. A three-year-old boy was left in critical condition.
Kristy Buckner/ Family Friend:"These were like my little sisters and brothers and I really hated that this happened because I was just over here yesterday talking to them. I didn't give them my cookies and my candy but I told them that I'd bring them by the time I come today."
Firefighters responded to the fire around 1:30 am and found the four children trapped inside the burning house. Crews were able to resuscitate the youngest child.
Marvin Riggins, Fire Chief - "Temperatures probably ranged from 200 degrees, upwards of nearly 1,000 degrees in the room where the children were."
Fire Chief Marvin Riggins says the mother was not inside the house when the flames started. He said she appeared when the children were brought out. Domingo Solomon...who lives across the street...says he heard the mother tell an officer that she was at the store.
Domingo Solomon, Witness - "I just heard her say something about she wasn't gone for like two minutes, three minutes. She came back home and that's what she sees."
Family friend, Kristy Buckner says the children's mother has been spending her time at the Augusta Burn Center where the only survivor is being treated.
Domingo Solomon/ Witness: "I can't look at it because I know that's the room that they sleep in and I hate that it happened. It doesn't feel real. I don't want to believe it but I got to."
It's a loss felt by all. The neighborhood remembers the young lives with their own memorial.
Judy le 13wmaz eyewitness news.
Police investigators interviewed the mother but will not tell us about her whereabouts when the fire started.
Police have not determined the cause of the fire because it is still under investigation
Eight people went to the Emergency Room in Macon this morning after a shooting at the intersection of Mercer University and Grosso Street.
That's according to Coroner Leon Jones.
Jones said some were transported by ambulance and some took their own vehicles to the ER.
Macon Police spokeswoman, Jami Gaudet says one victim had a critical wound to the thigh and the others received non life threatening injuries.
Gaudet says police are still gathering evidence.
Check back with 13WMAZ dot com for more updates as we get them.
Macon police are also investigating the death of 23-year-old Chastity Johnson.
Johnson was hit by a 2003 Chevy Tahoe around midnight on the 3900 block of Pio Nono Avenue.
Macon Coroner Leon Jones says Johnson later died at the hospital.
Police Spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says a 22-year-old man was driving the tahoe and says police took a blood sample from him.
We have an update to a story we brought you last night.
Last night we asked you for help in locating 80 year old Roger Lawerence dehaan.
Dehaan was passing through Macon on his way to Lake Placid Florida when he dissappeared.
According to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, Dehaan was found in Valdosta early this morning unharmed.
Churchgoers at Beulahland Bible Church in Macon put on their Sunday best for a special guest.
Civil Rights icon Reverend Al Sharpton came to preach at the church. Sharpton is a well-known TV and radio host and political activist.
He came to the church to celebrate Black History Month. Media were not allowed inside, but those who were there say they learned a lot from his sermon.
Rhaney Family/ Beulahland Bible Church: "I respect him more. I've followed his political career, but in the back of my mind and to hear him speak, you know, to preach, and I wanted to see the reverend."
Sandford Bishop/ (D) Georgia: "It was spot on, as they say. I think that what Reverend Sharpton had to say was that such a rich history. We have such a history of struggle and victory over struggle that we cannot come this far and not take full positive advantage of it."
David Davis/ Bibb County Sheriff: "It's a great message. He made the comment that about if someone knocks you out of your chair, that's on the person that knocked you out of your chair, but the fact that you don't get up and take care of yourself is on you."
C. Jack Ellis/ Former Macon Mayor: "If we all pull together collectively and do our best, to encourage our young people to get an education to be proud of themselves, be proud of their community, then I think we will have a better community and that message came across loud and clear for me."
Ashlee Collins: "He was definitely speaking to young people in his message, and saying you know hey you don't have to go that route, you don't have to impress people that way because in the end it doesn't work out for you." Chairman Sam Hart/ Bibb County Commission:"And I think what his message was is that while we've got to keep God into it, again, listen and when we see the challenge we got to recognize that some of these God challenges to us, and we've got to again work together to overcome them."
It's been a busy day for the Civil Rights Leader. After flying into Atlanta this morning, he did radio show came to Macon, and was back in Atlanta again to preach at another church in Lithonia.
The Daytona 500 went on as scheduled despite a horrific crash at the speedway Saturday that injured at least 30 spectators.
Pieces of one of the cars involved in the pile-up including tires and a fiery engine rocketed into a fence separating fans from the track.
Speedway president Joie Chitwood the third discusses safety.
Joie Chitwood III/ President International Speedway: "You know that fence is 22 feet that is the standard across the front stretch. Following the 2009 Carl Edwards incident at Talladega, we brought in a structural engineering firm and to review all of our safety fences we actually took every recommendation they made and we actually installed new fencing at Daytona INternational Speedway prior to the 2010 season we felt like we've done everything that relates to protocol in making sure that we were prepared for yesterday's event."
The crash Saturday happened on the final curve of the Nationwide Series race.
The cars were traveling at speeds of about 175-miles-per-hour jockeying for positions when they got tangled up .
It was the second wreck of the day.
And Courtney Lyle will join us later with highlights from the Daytona 500 later in the show.
It was an emotional day at the vatican for Catholics who saw Pope Benedict's final Sunday address.
Vinita Nair is in Rome with the latest.
POPE BENEDICT DELIVERED HIS FINAL BLESSING TO TENS OF THOUSANDS FROM HIS APARTMENT OVERLOOKING ST. PETER'S SQUARE.
AND EMOTIONAL PRAYERS...THE HOLY FATHER SAID THAT HE IS NOT ABANDONING THE CHURCH-RATHER HE IS RETIRING TO SPEND HIS FINALYEARS IN PRAYER. THE 85- YEAR-OLD IS STEPPING DOWN ON THURSDAY- THE FIRST POPE TO DO SO IN 600 YEARS.
You can feel it's something special ...Feeling that is a once in a lifetime experience from many people
Vinita Nair, CBS News, The Vatican: "Cardinals from around the world are now arriving in Rome to elect the next pope. But what is normally a delicate transition has been interrupted by media reports alleging more scandal."
ITALIAN MEDIA IS REPORTING THAT THE POPE DECIDED TO RESIGN... AFTER LEARNING THAT A SECRET GROUP OF GAY PREISTS WAS BEING BLACKMAILED.
Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo: "I think the Vatican has been somewhat surprised."
MONSIGNOR ANTHONY FIGUEIREDO HAS PARTICIPATED IN CLOSED DOOR VATICAN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS.
THE CHURCH CALLS THE REPORTS DEFAMATORY AND FALSE...AND AN ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THE ELECTION.
Figueiredo: "If the focus is simply on scandals in the church-again some have been very real no one is denying them but the focus only turns to that we are defective in what the church is truly called to be."
WITH A SMILE- POPE BENEDICT THE 16TH THANKED THE CROWD FOR THEIR AFFEECTION- AND STEPPED BACK FROM HIS STUDIO WINDOW FOR THE LAST TIME. 1.2 BILLION CATHOLICS ARE WAITINGTO SEE WHO IS ELECTED NEXT
Bad weather across the country has planes grounded, leaving passengers stranded.
But one United Express Captain found a way to help the time pass by entertaining stranded passengers.
United Express Captain Billy Hock took matters into his own hands Thursday to entertain stranded passengers.
Hock along with 17-hundred other people were stranded at Lambert International Airport.
So Hock decided to pass the time doing what he loves most, play piano.
He played for about three hours as a mixture of snow and sleet covered the runway.
Captain Hock says he composes all of his music.
About 300 flights were canceled at the St. Louis airport on Thursday.
That's it for the show join us back here later tonight for eyewitness news at eleven.
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