Medical Examiner Identifies Man Killed In Fort Mohave Blaze

Written by The Bee

January 14, 2019

In this undated photo, Tom Herne (far right) accepts a new bicycle from M.A.P.P.E.D chairperson Karole Finkelstein and M.A.P.P.E.D. member Allyson Fair during Recovery In The Park. CONTRIBUTED/Witherspoon

FORT MOHAVE–A local man was killed last week in the early morning hours after a fire charred its way through a fifth-wheel in Fort Mohave.

The Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office have identified the man as 60-year-old Thomas Herne, of Fort Mohave.

Friends remember Herne as a lovable man who was fun to be around.

“He was very well liked and was friends with a lot of people,” said Jaymie Witherspoon.

Herne died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries related to the fire, said the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The fire happened around 4 a.m. on Jan. 10 in the 4500 block of Patina Road in Fort Mohave. 

Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department spokesman James Kartinen did not disclose any additional information citing ongoing investigation. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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