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Man hospitalized after house fire

A man was transported to a psychiatric hospital Monday after his Lake Andes home caught fire the day before. Michael Miller, 56, was taken to the Human Services Center, a psychiatric hospital, in Yankton on Monday because authorities believe he d...

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A house caught fire Sunday on Main Street in Lake Andes, leaving its resident, Michael Miller, in the hospital. (Jake Shama/Republic)

A man was transported to a psychiatric hospital Monday after his Lake Andes home caught fire the day before.

Michael Miller, 56, was taken to the Human Services Center, a psychiatric hospital, in Yankton on Monday because authorities believe he deliberately set fire to his home Sunday at 614 E. Main Street in Lake Andes in an attempted suicide.

“(The house) hasn’t burnt to the ground, but everything inside looks like there’s smoke damage and fire damage,” said Charles Mix County Sheriff Randy Thaler on Monday.

Miller was first treated at Wagner Hospital for smoke inhalation, according to a press release from the Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office.

Miller was located inside a vehicle parked in the attached garage on the west side of the building, the statement said. Thaler said the fire started in a bedroom on the northeast side of the house.

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At about 3 a.m. Sunday, The Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Andes and Ravinia fire departments responded to the residential fire. Upon arrival, firefighters witnessed flames protruding from the northeast bedroom window, which points in the direction of a public park.

Nearly the entire ceiling collapsed into the one-story home. Only support beams remain over the garage, and objects inside the house sustained heavy fire damage as well, leaving the home uninhabitable.

No criminal charges have been filed, Thaler said.

Miller is a co-owner of The Inside Scoop, an ice cream parlor in Lake Andes. An employee at the store who would not give his name said the building was scheduled to be closed for a few days for cleaning, but following the fire, the business will remain closed for up to an additional two weeks.

The South Dakota Fire Marshal, Division of Criminal Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms investigated the fire. The Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.

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