CLINTON — A former state representative is homeless after fire destroyed his double-wide mobile home at 389 Mutton Lane Thursday morning.

Arthur Clement, 61, a Democrat who represented House District 104 from 1992-1994 and has run for re-election since, was not home when the fire broke out just before 11:15 a.m.

Fire Chief Gary Petley said at the scene that the cause of the fire had not been determined. When firefighters arrived, the right side of the home was burning and fire then spread to the rear, he said.

“The owner said he placed a power strip in his bedroom and it’s been buzzing on and off,” Petley, who has been fire chief 23 of his 34 years in the department, said. “It (fire’s origin) appears to be somewhere in that vicinity. It’s a total loss. Everything’s gutted right out. There’s nothing on the back side at all.”

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