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Man Who Died in Fire Identified as Bob Toomey, 53

Toomey was well known in Lakewood.

Bob Toomey at the 2013 Lakewood Summer Meltdown Photo credit: Rick Uldricks
Bob Toomey at the 2013 Lakewood Summer Meltdown Photo credit: Rick Uldricks

The man who was  pronounced dead shorty after a 6:30 a.m. fire at 2134 Atkins Ave. on Sept. 23 has been identified as Bob Toomey, 53, of Lakewood. 

Lakewood Fire Chief Scott Gilman confirmed Toomey's identity but said the cause of death was pending today's autopsy. 

Toomey was taken by ambulance to Lakewood Hospital after he was found in the back bedroom of his house. He was pronounced dead at 7:20 a.m. yesterday. 

Toomey, who had one arm, was frequently seen riding his bike through Lakewood, attending events.

Gilman said the house had a smoke detector present but the battery was disconnected.

“People need working smoke detectors and a plan to get out,” he said.

The fire remains under investigation.

Gilman said three ambulances responded in addition to the fire truck and 24 fire personnel. The Westlake Fire Department is assisting with the investigation.

Eric Majkut September 25, 2013 at 05:25 AM
RIP Bob! :( Does anyone know how he lost his arm? I've always wondered. What a sad way for him to go :(
Sandra K. Thweatt September 25, 2013 at 07:39 AM
RIP Bob, you have now found the peace you were always searching for. Rest easy my friend!
Joe Slops September 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM
@Eric Bob lost his arm years back when he fell asleep/passed out on the railroad tracks and had it run over. RIP
Cherie Simpson September 25, 2013 at 05:30 PM
I remember Bob from years past...such a kind and gentle soul he was, always smiling. His passing is very sad...my condolences to his family. God bless you Bob :o)
jack taylor September 27, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Bob was a great pool player, better than most with two arms, sorry for his passing.

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