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Woman living alone dies in house fire

A 51-year-old Hudson woman was discovered dead in her home Monday afternoon, apparently the victim of smoke inhalation, after neighbors spotted smoke pouring from a vent in the roof.

Barbara L. Miller lived alone in the house at 12521 Knollbrook Lane, according to neighbors and family.

Authorities said the fire started in her bed in a bedroom, where most of the structural damage occurred, and there is no indication of foul play. The fire remains under investigation by Pasco County detectives and the county fire marshal.

Nancy Lockard, Miller's mother, said her daughter suffered from diabetes and speculated she may gave gone into diabetic shock before the fire.

Lockard said she came to check on her daughter Monday after she failed to report for work.

As she arrived, neighbors noticed the smoke and were inspecting the house.

Lockard said Miller had no children, and her husband died of cancer in 1981. "She really had not been happy with life since her husband died," the mother said.

While it appears Miller died of smoke inhalation, sheriff's spokesman Jon Powers said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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