Jackson County

Latimer woman pronounced dead after house fire

Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus pronounced Lela Miller, 62, dead after a house fire Saturday night in the Latimer community. Two firefighters were injured when they attempted to search the house for occupants.
Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus pronounced Lela Miller, 62, dead after a house fire Saturday night in the Latimer community. Two firefighters were injured when they attempted to search the house for occupants. calee@sunherald.com

Lela Miller, 62, was pronounced dead and two firefighters were injured after a house caught fire Saturday night on Theriot Avenue at Dantzler Road in the Latimer community.

A passing motorist saw flames coming from the rear of the house and reported the fire, Jackson County Fire Marshal Jeff Mattison II said.

He said Northwest Jackson County Fire Department firefighters entered the house to search for occupants, but the heat drove them out. One of the firefighters, a volunteer, was injured and hospitalized overnight.

A career firefighter was treated at the scene for injuries, Mattison said.

Mattison said Miller’s husband was at work when the house caught fire.

He said the State Fire Marshal’s Office is heading the investigation because the fire involved a fatality.

Sheriff Mike Ezell said the fire did not appear suspicious.

County Coroner Vicki Broadus said Miller’s body has been sent to Jackson for an autopsy.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

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