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Fatal weekend fire in Sturgis claims a woman's life

The home was destroyed by the fire.
The home was destroyed by the fire.

STURGIS  (WKZO) -- Authorities say it appears that the careless use of a candle may have triggered a fatal weekend fire in Sturgis.

Family members apparently told investigators that the woman who died in the fire, 51-year-old Lori Miller suffered from dementia, lit a candle and then probably forgot about it.

Investigators say the fire began in her room in a house in the eleven-hundred block of Merryview Drive in Sturgis Friday evening.

Her body was recovered after the flames were extinguished.

Her husband and mother made it out of the home, but say they could not rescue her because of the intense smoke and flames.