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School crossing guard dies from fire

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Earl Miller (source: family photo) Earl Miller (source: family photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -  A Louisville man has died after he suffered severe burns in a fire. It happened Saturday afternoon in Valley Station. Family member say the victim is 69-year-old Earl Miller. His family talked to WAVE 3 about the tragic accident.

"My dad was a strong and very loving person," said Lisa Wentworth.

Lisa Wentworth and her brother Chris Miller say their father was the type of person who was always smiling and always had a hug to share. They say Earl had a passion for hunting and fishing but, more importantly he loved children.

"He was a retired milk man of 30 years and worked for LMPD as a traffic guard at Stonestreet, Butler, and Stuart," said Wentworth.

Earl wore his uniform with pride as he helped countless children cross the street to school.

"Just working with the kids at the crossing, he enjoyed it," said Wentworth.

On Saturday afternoon, PRP fire crews responded to his home on Nordic Drive. Fire investigators say there was a small fire in the garage and Earl was on fire. Earl died at University Hospital Saturday night.   

"I knew I would loose him one day but, not like that," said Wentworth.

Authorities say the fire was likely a "tragic accident" while Earl was cleaning some tools.

"I'd like to warn everybody, just use extreme caution," said Chris Miller.

Family members say that the EMT who responded to the scene on Saturday came by the house on Sunday with a message for Earl's wife.

"He wanted my mom to know that he loved her that she was the love of his life and that he would always love her," said Wentworth.

The Miller family says although it will be difficult, they're going to try to celebrate the holidays because that is how Earl would have wanted it.
     
The fire remains under investigation.

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