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Fire sends local man to hospital

The Clarendon Enterprise of Clarendon, Texas

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A mid-day structure fire severely injured a Donley County man December 17.

Clarendon Fire Chief Jeremy Powell said volunteer firemen were paged about 1:23 p.m. that day to a report of smoke northwest of the city.

Donley County Sheriff Butch Blackburn was the first to arrive on the scene where the man, identified as James Boggus, was outside the trailer house and suffering from severe burns. The man told Blackburn that he had awaken to find the house on fire and thought a butane hotplate had overturned.

The sheriff got the victim to safety while several rounds of ammunition were exploding inside the structure. Firemen found the structure fully engulfed, and the blaze also started a grassfire that burned 20 to 30 acres, Powell said.

Donley County EMS transported the man to Goodnight where he was airlifted for burn treatment. Blackburn said the man was still hospitalized as of Christmas Eve and facing a long recovery.

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Original Publication Date: January 2, 2014

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