May 23, 2015 8:36 PM

UPDATE: Somersworth fire victim remembered as 'fun, loving fellow'

SOMERSWORTH - The N.H. State Fire Marshal's Office has released the identity of the man killed in a house fire Friday evening as 54-year-old Janis Millers.

According to Millers family, who spoke to NH1 News on Saturday, he leaves behind two children and several siblings.

“Janis was passionate about everything he did in his life," said Denise Millers, Janis' sister-in-law. “Janis did things that most people wouldn’t have done. If a stranger was walking down the street, hurt, he would help them.”

Denise Millers described Janis as a kind-hearted man who was an advocate for those living with bipolar disorder or suffering from depression, things he also faced personally.

Nicknamed the "White Buffalo," he loved John Lennon, talked through song lyrics and titles, and had a love for camping and hiking.

One of his biggest passions, however, was jewelry.

Janis spent hours creating his own jewelry, and loved to show off his new designs, his family said.

Authorities said when they arrived at the South St. fire scene, they discovered Janis Millers on the floor in the hallway adjacent to a bedroom.

He died in the home he lived in for nearly 40 years.

His mother, Grace, told NH1 her son would've done anything to help someone else.

"He’s one of those that would help make you smile if you were down, and he was always there to help," Grace Millers said of her son. "He was a very fun, loving fellow."

Authorities said Millers died from smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation


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