Three Washington State Patrol Employees Dead After House Fire

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UPDATE: Video from the scene shows the scorched frame of a house and not much else. Watch it after the jump.

Three Washington State Patrol employees have reportedly died after an early-morning house fire in Zillah. The Spokesman Review says that the victims have been "identified as 55-year-old Trooper Gary Miller; his wife, Anne Miller-Hewitt, who was a communications manager who headed up the State Patrol's 911 center in Wenatchee; and 30-year-old Trooper Kristopher Sperry, who graduated from the State Patrol academy in June and was living with the Millers."

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Washington State Patrol trooper Gary Miller; his wife Anne, a dispatcher in Wenatchee; and trooper Kristopher Sperry.

The initial emergency call came in at 1:38 a.m. from one of the victims. Yakima County authorities say it's too early to know what caused the fire. But they say the house is totally destroyed. And even without having entered the scene yet, they say there's no evidence anyone escaped or survived.

As The Blotter points out, it's been more than a decade since a State Patrol trooper has died on duty: "The last was Trooper James Saunders, who died on Oct. 7, 1999, at the age of 31 from gunshot wounds while conducting a traffic stop in Pasco. Saunders had served 8 1/2 years with the Patrol."

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