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House fire kills three near Yakima

ZILLAH, Wash. – Two Washington State Patrol troopers and the head of the agency’s emergency call center in Wenatchee were believed dead Monday after an early morning fire destroyed a house in Yakima County.

The bodies of all three victims were located by 9 p.m. Monday, sheriff’s Detective Stew Graham said.

Positive identification of the remains “is going to be a while” and will depend on dental records and DNA, county Coroner Jack Hawkins said.

Those believed killed were Anne Miller-Hewitt, who supervised 15 dispatchers at the Wenatchee 911 center; her husband, Sunnyside-based Trooper Gary Miller; and Trooper Kristopher Sperry, a native of Eureka, Mont., who graduated from the State Patrol academy in June and was living with the Millers.

The cause of the fire was not known.