Family pays tribute to Mandy Miller who died after bungalow fire in Reid Close, Ipswich

Mandy Miller. Pic: Sharron Miller Powell.

Mandy Miller. Pic: Sharron Miller Powell. - Credit: Archant

Firefighters were pushed back by flames and intense smoke at a house fire which killed a mother-of-one in Ipswich

Mandy Miller, pictured with her daughter Kanisha Miller and her nephew Curtis Powell. Pic: Sharron M

Mandy Miller, pictured with her daughter Kanisha Miller and her nephew Curtis Powell. Pic: Sharron Miller Powell. - Credit: Archant

Tributes have been paid to Mandy Miller, 47, who was found deceased inside the semi-detached bungalow in Reid Close, near Malcolm Road, in east Ipswich last night.

Miss Miller was diagnosed with MS around 10 years ago and recently lost her mobility. She lived in a wheelchair in the purpose-built bungalow.

Neighbours have also praised the “brave” efforts of a group of men who tried to save her.

The scene this morning at the fatal fire in Reid Close, Ipswich,

The scene this morning at the fatal fire in Reid Close, Ipswich, - Credit: Archant

A joint fire and police investigation was launched today. Fire chiefs believe the blaze is not suspicious and may have started in the bedroom.

Emergency services were called to the incident at 7.45pm. It is thought Miss Miller died before crews could get into the property.

Miss Miller’s family was born in Scotland and moved to Wickham Market in 1975. She stayed in Suffolk when some of her family moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 1998, the rest following several years later.

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Speaking with emotion, her mother, Ann Marie Howard, 74, said: “We loved her very much. We were going to go over in the summer.

“She was a happy go lucky person. She would do anything for anybody.”

Her sister Janet Rivera, 52, said: “She was the youngest one. She would do anything for everyone. She trusted everybody. We are at a loss.”

Emergency services at the scene of the house fire in Ipswich

Emergency services at the scene of the house fire in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Her other sister Sharron Miller Powell said: “We will miss Mandy every day. Even though we lived an ocean apart, there was always the knowledge that she was just at the end of the phone or a computer click away.

“We are very appreciative of the efforts to try to save Mandy.”

Tom Fulcher, 24, of Reid Close, his brother Steven, 32, and friend Craig Giles, 32, tried to rescue Miss Miller.

The scene of the fatal fire incident in Reid Close in Ipswich.

The scene of the fatal fire incident in Reid Close in Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

Steven said: “We are not heroes. We just wanted to rescue the lady, but it was too dangerous. We heard six or seven explosions.

“Even the firefighters had to open the windows before they could get in.”

Stacey Adams, 28, of Reid Close, said: “It was definitely brave of them. It is very sad.”

Malcolm Road, Ipswich, near the scene of the fatal bungalow fire in Reid Close.

Malcolm Road, Ipswich, near the scene of the fatal bungalow fire in Reid Close. - Credit: Archant

The scene this morning at Reid Close

The scene this morning at Reid Close - Credit: Archant

Flowers placed outside the home of Mandy Miller in Reid Close, Ipswich, who died after a house fire.

Flowers placed outside the home of Mandy Miller in Reid Close, Ipswich, who died after a house fire. - Credit: Archant

Flowers placed outside the home of Mandy Miller in Reid Close, Ipswich, who died after a house fire.

Flowers placed outside the home of Mandy Miller in Reid Close, Ipswich, who died after a house fire. - Credit: Archant