Fire victim still in critical condition |

Fire victim still in critical condition

Deborah Miller, the 52-year-old Grass Valley woman badly burned in a house fire on the 11000 block of Lovas Court, was in critical condition at UC Davis Medical Center Wednesday afternoon.

Nobody has been able to talk with Miller since she was airlifted to the hospital early Tuesday morning with burns over half of her body, said family member Clint Timmons, son-in-law to Miller’s sister Dawn Minchinton.

Timmons was not at the house during the fire, though he insisted Miller was not hooked up to oxygen when the fire started.

Fire invesigators maintain that Miller was hooked up to oxygen when the fire started.

Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Chief Tim Fike said Miller’s oxygen pump provided enough oxygen to move the fire 15 to 20 feet into the middle of the house and ignited eight more oxygen tanks Miller kept in the house.

Timmons said Miller kept the oxygen tanks to periodically treat her low oxygen levels.

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