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UPDATE: Purple Heart, funeral flag survive Wednesday morning fire

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | 7:24 p.m. CST; updated 12:57 p.m. CST, Friday, January 8, 2010

COLUMBIA — As John Baker surveyed the fire damage in his daughter’s home on Wednesday morning, one item stood out: A wooden chest in the basement that held a Purple Heart and the funeral flag of a fallen soldier.

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