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Plane makes emergency landing


A small airplane ran out of fuel and made an emergency landing Sunday afternoon on a beach near the Trade Winds Marina at Lake Thurmond.

Pilot Charles Hugh Denany, 58, of Martinez, was flying the plane from Trenton, S.C., said Pam Tucker, the Columbia County emergency management director. He was flying alone and was not injured, she said.

Mrs. Tucker said Mr. Denany was flying a "small, light-sport plane and ran out of fuel before making an emergency landing in Sunset Cove, a community within the Trade Winds Marina." He landed on a beach near shallow water, she said.

Federal Aviation Administration officials will be on the scene today to investigate, said Capt. Steve Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

10th victim of refinery blast is discharged

A 10th patient injured in the Feb. 7 Imperial Sugar explosion near Savannah, Ga., has been discharged from Doctors Hospital.

Spokeswoman Beth Frits said the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at the hospital initially received 20 patients from the explosion. Five died as a result of their injuries.

Three patients remained in critical condition in the Joseph M. Still Burn Center on Sunday, and two were listed in good condition in the rehab unit, she said.

She did not identify the patient discharged Sunday.

Also Sunday, the burn center admitted five people who were injured in a boiler explosion at an International Paper plant in Vicksburg, Miss.

Four were in critical condition and one was in good condition, Ms. Frits said.

Shelter for animals is damaged in blaze

JOHNSTON, S.C. --- A fire at All God's Creatures caused extensive damage Sunday, but all of the shelter's animals were unharmed.

Fire crews from Johnston and Trenton reached the scene in a matter of minutes and quickly brought the blaze under control. The wind had been blowing away from the kennels.

The three quarters of the barn used as a woodworking shop appeared to have been destroyed.

"Something just blew up," said Denise Holcomb, the founder of the shelter.

"In an instant, flames half as long as the barn itself were shooting out of the front. But (the fire departments) got here so fast. They were here in minutes."

Fire department officials said they had not yet determined a cause.