Clark Family Home Fire Update; Go Fund Me Account Created

Update on the house fire early Tuesday morning southwest of Frankfort, which destroyed the home of the Carson and Eimi Clark family. It apparently began on the front porch area, and quickly spread and was discovered around 3 a.m., when Carson reported hearing a window break.

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The family, including two boys and their dogs escaped to a back-porch roof. Carson jumped, and returned with a ladder and all were unharmed.

Firemen from Olsburg, Westmoreland and Wheaton responded to the blaze just south of the Marshall County line but were unable to save the 1890’s home.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up for the family, and cash donations may also be left with Citizens State Bank in Marysville.

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.