Firemen from three communities found there was little they could do when they arrived Friday at this house southwest of Clinton. At the left, from the rear, are Jason Dudgeon of Bessie, Bessie Fire Chief Keith Javorsky, and Ronnie Williams of Clinton. Obscured in the smoke at right are Craig Kliewer of Bessie and James Burnam, Blake Shaddon and David Stewart, all Clinton.

Fire destroys local family’s house, belongings

   A fire believed to have started from a lamp being used to keep baby chickens warm cost a rural Clinton family its house and virtually all its belongings Friday.

   Vernon and Mary Whitney and their four children lived in the house, located two miles south of the Custer-Washita county line and two miles west of U.S. Highway 183. The children are all enrolled in Clinton schools.

   The fire was discovered about 1 p.m. Friday. No one was home at the time.

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