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Miller’s Southern Comfort Food faces setback after fire, but family plans to rebuild and continue serving community



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The fire at Miller's. Photo by David Day
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Editor’s note: In an earlier version we mistakenly attributed quotes made by the business to another quote author listed within the post. We have corrected this error.

Miller’s Southern Comfort Food, a family-owned restaurant that opened its doors to the community in 2022, was engulfed in flames in late March. Despite losing the building to the fire, the family is determined to continue serving the community.

In late March, the E-911 Call Center received a report of a fire at Miller’s Southern Comfort Food, located in the old KFC building on Indiana. Responding to the call, Engines 8 and 2, along with Rescue, arrived at the scene within minutes and immediately began to put water on the fire. The initial report suggested that the fire was in the middle of the roof, with smoke and flames visible. However, upon arrival, the first unit clarified that the fire was actually at the front of the structure.

“We jumped out of bed and immediately rushed to the scene and called family members. All we could do was stand there and watch it burn,” stated Miller’s in a statement on social media.

Due to a nearby HVAC unit, the flames posed a challenge and reignited for a few minutes. Later, an investigation discovered that a lightning strike was the primary cause of the fire.

The family is taking things one day at a time but still plans to continue serving the community.

“We are taking this one day at a time and trying to figure out our next steps to hopefully rebuilding Miller’s! We are currently working on getting a food trailer to continue to serve our delicious food to our community,” Miller’s statement read.

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