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Richard Miller

GoFundMe Started To Help Family In Pittsfield Fire

GoFundMe Started To Help

Family After Pittsfield Fire

Richard Miller and children Brandon, Hunter and Izabella, surrounding mom Shannon, who succumbed to cancer in February. The family home was destroyed by fire Tuesday.

PITTSFIELD – A GoFundMe campaign has been started for father Richard Miller and his three children, who lost their Pittsfield home in a Tuesday morning fire.

“My uncle would never ask for anything from anyone, he would give the shirt off his back to help someone,” said Miller’s niece, Martina Markle, who put together the crowd-funding page. “His kids were the same way, always helping around the house with a smile on their face.

“Unfortunately they just lost everything in a house fire –  and I mean everything.”

Early-Morning Fire Destroys New Berlin Home


Father, 3 Children

Flee Pittsfield Home

In Early-Morning Fire

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Richard Miller was able to get his three children out of their house at 1487 County Highway 13 in the Town of Pittsfield when they heard smoke alarms go off.

PITTSFIELD – A widower and his three children were left homeless after a blaze destroyed their New Berlin home overnight.

According to Pittsfield Fire Chief Dale Ives, Richard Miller called Otsego County 911 at 1:30 a.m. to report that his home at 1485 County Highway 13 was on fire. “The smoke detectors woke them up,” said Ives. “When we arrived on scene, he told us everyone was out of the house.”

Miller, a widower, lived in the house with his three children, Brandon, 13, Hunter, 10, and Izabella, 7. His wife, Sharron, died in February after a two-year battle with cancer.

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