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Burn victim dies

Deborah Miller, the 52-year-old Grass Valley woman badly burned in a house fire on the 11000 block of Lovas Court, died Friday in her hospital room at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

Members of Miller’s family were with her when she died of complications from third-degree burns to more than half her body, a hospital representative said Friday.

Miller had been in critical condition since Tuesday morning. She was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center after her home burned down.

“This family has lost everything,” said Clint Timmons, Miller’s nephew-in-law. The family is staying with Timmons at his Grass Valley home.

Fire officials say Miller was hooked up to an oxygen pump and smoking a cigarette when the fire ignited. Timmons said Miller used oxygen for a low oxygen level in her blood.

Approximately eight oxygen tanks stored in the house exploded during the fire, and the house was a total loss.

Miller’s husband Tom Miller, son Wes Miller and sister Dawn Minchinton received minor burns trying to help Miller, according to fire officials and Timmons.

Two pet dogs and a cat were also lost in the fire.

Nevada County Consolidated Fire Chief Tim Fike said the local chapter of the American Red Cross is helping the family with basic necessities like food and supplies.

A trust account in Tom Miller’s name has also been set up at Citizen’s Bank, and donations can be dropped off at any bank branch. Checks can be made out to The Thomas Miller Relief Fund.


To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.

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