Fire claims lives of Oklahoma couple married more than 60 years

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A daughter is searching for answers after her parents died in a house fire on the city's southeast side Tuesday night.

Fire crews said it was a smoldering fire that took the lives of Roy and Betty Milner.

"A loving couple who were married for 63 years," said Jeanetta Servos of her parents. "I never dreamed that when I pulled away from this house yesterday afternoon, that it would be the last time I saw them."

While looking at the home from the outside, you wouldn't be able to tell a fire broke out.

"Once crews went in to fight the fire, there was actually no fire. It was like it was a smoldering fire," said Battalion Chief Shane Williams.

The fire burned out on its own but inside the home was Roy Milner unresponsive.

"We went straight into a rescue mode. I would say, within 30 seconds we found the first victim; patient at the front door looked like he was trying to get out and didn't make it," Williams said.

The Milner's were rushed to the hospital where they unfortunately died.

"I'm just kind of numb. I never expected a call that my parents have been killed in a house fire. I mean, never," Servos said.

The fire broke out in a bedroom converted from a garage.

The cause is still under investigation. Detectives canvassed the area, talked to neighbors and crime scene investigators took photos for clues.

"Investigators are checking to see if possibly it was a cigarette or something or somebody sleep smoking in bed or something," Williams said.

Servos said her parents lived in the home for many years, leaving a mark on the neighborhood.

"Ms. Betty and Mr. Roy is a legacy here," said neighbor Terrell Ballard.

But to Servos, they were simply mom and dad.

"My mom and dad bought this house 58 years ago and I lived here until I moved out. And, it's my childhood home," she said.

Unfortunately, the couple's dog also passed away in the fire

The family is planning a funeral for next Wednesday.
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