Car Fire Death Ruled Accidental

The Sweetwater County coroner has determine the death of the Rock Springs man, who died in a car fire earlier this month, was an accident. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they discovered the body of 47-year-old Michael Tinnie was found in the front seat of the pickup. The fire occurred near the base of White Mountain near the City Reservoir Tank, west of Rock Springs. The badly-burned truck was high-centered in an area of tall, thick sagebrush pressed in tightly against the driver’s door. The heat from the exhaust system and/or catalytic converter is believed to have set the brush and the vehicle afire. An autopsy this week determined Tinnie died due to asphyxia from smoke inhalation. No indications of foul play were discovered. The autopsy’s findings also indicated that alcohol consumption may have been a factor in the death.

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