Two dead in Durham fire

From staff reportsDecember 23, 2012 

— The bodies of a man and a woman were found inside a burning home in Durham on Saturday night, and investigators are trying to determine who they are and how they died.

Police had not released the names of the victims Sunday night, but Durham County tax records show that the house, at 120 Davidson Avenue, was owned and occupied by Joseph and Wanda Roughton, who bought the house in 1994 and are shown as living there.

The brick house is on a residential street, just off Roxboro Street near Club Boulevard in the Northgate Park neighborhood.

The fire was reported at 9:41 p.m., according to a police statement. Other than a persisting odor of smoke, by late Sunday there was little to indicate a fire had occurred besides a gaping, blackened doorway and upstairs window on one end of the house.

Durham police and the fire marshal are investigating. They ask anyone who has information that would be helpful to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

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