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Indiana firefighter dies hours after blaze in heat

WATERLOO, IN (AP) - Officials say a 31-year-old volunteer firefighter died of an apparent heart attack hours after helping put out a house fire in northeastern Indiana.

Travis Miller responded with members of the Waterloo-Grant Township Fire Department to assist the Butler Fire Department in that town Tuesday evening. Waterloo Fire Chief Kirby Hobbs tells The Journal Gazette that the fire wasn't unusual except for temperatures of about 90 degrees at the time.

Hobbs says Miller arrived home about 10:30 p.m. and went to bed. Emergency crews were called about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and found him dead.

An autopsy was planned and Hobbs said he didn't know whether the heat or other factors at the fire scene contributed to Miller's death. Hobbs says firefighters had water available to drink and take breaks.

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