The fire, which started in the bedroom, had spread to the basement when the fire department began its intensive work to save the house. Heat and smoke damage was general throughout but damage was heaviest in the bedroom and basement.
The Rileys have six children: Rebecca 13, Dick 12, Jim 11, John 10, Carol Sue 6, and Jerry Allen, who was born 4 days after the fire. The baby clothes were completely demolished along with other clothing and furniture.
The Rileys are living at present at the home of Jerry Riley.
Friends of the Rileys are giving a benefit party for them Friday evening at the Palmer school house.
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