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Leaders of the University of South Carolina fraternity and sorority whose members perished in a deadly weekend beach house fire are thanking the community for an outpouring of support.
The fire that claimed the lives of seven young people in Ocean Isle Beach started Sunday morning in a house off Scotland Street. It only took four minutes for fire crews to respond to the 911 call about a fire at a house on Scotland Street in Ocean Isle Beach, but in those four minutes, the house had already become fully engulfed.
For much of southern California, there's mixed news. While there is some progress fighting the wildfires, some spots continue to burn out of control. Elsewhere, people are returning to their homes.
President Bush toured the damage caused by the California wildfires Thursday. Federal and local authorities have also indicated that some of the wildfires were caused by arson.
President Bush today dramatically ramped up federal aid for California's wildfire victims. He will inspect the damage personally Thursday.
The Wilmington Professional Firefighters Association is holding a big fund raiser Friday night in downtown Wilmington.
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