Total loss house fire claims Miller woman over weekend

Other than trees, not much remains at the site of a fatal house fire over the weekend four miles west of Miller. (Photo submitted)

Inferno burns home to ground, leaves little information for state fire marshal
Miller resident Elizabeth “Susie” Colley was killed in a house fire west of Miller that began in the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 21.
Colley, the mother of two children, was the only person home when the fire began in the rural residence, which belonged to her mother Paula Colley. The home, located at 7410 Law. Co. 2040, was fully involved when fire trucks arrived, and too far gone to save.
Mt. Vernon Fire Chief Brad DeLay, who was on scene as mutual aid to the Miller Rural Fire District, said the call came in around 1:30 a.m., when the house was already fully engulfed. The cause of the fire is unknown, but the state fire marshal has been called in to make a determination. DeLay said, however, that since the house burned to the ground it was highly likely that they won’t be able to determine the origination of the blaze.
Although the call came in too late to make a difference, several agencies answered the bell, including Miller Rural Fire District, Mt. Vernon, Halltown, Avilla, Miller City Fire and Lockwood.


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