Idaho County Free Press, Thursday, March 26, 1936


Fire of Unknown Origin Takes Life of child, Cabin and Contents

  Dixie Lee, 15 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Rice, was burned to death about 8:30 Sunday night, being caught in the fire which destroyed their cabin home at the Dixie-Comstock mine, where Mr. Rice was employed.

  Mr. and Mrs. Rice were visiting with friends of the camp who had gathered at the cook shack, about 100 feet down the hill from their cabin, and had left the little tot sleeping in her bed.  As Mr. and Mrs. Rice started to return to their home they saw the roof of the cabin burst into flames.  All efforts to enter the cabin or in anyway subdue the blaze proved futile, and it was not until about three hours later that friends were able to enter the burning debris to salvage the charred little body. 

  All skin was burned from the body and head with the exception of the face, and it is thought the child had hidden her face in the bed clothing to hide away from the searing flames.  Funeral service in Dixie Monday.

  Origin of the fire is unknown as it is said no fire was in the stove and not even a lamp burning an hour before the blaze was discovered.  No windows being on the side of the cabin is probably why the fire gained such headway before being discovered by inhabitants of the camp.  Surviving are her parents and a brother, Miles, 3.



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