Pierce County medical examiners have identified the disabled man killed Tuesday afternoon in a fire in South Hill.
Christopher Ness, 53, had fled his burning mobile home in his scooter, but caught fire in the process and three passers-by were unable to rescue him, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue spokesman Guy Overby said earlier this week.
Ness lived in a trailer park in the 10400 block of 160th Street Court East, to where firefighters were dispatched about 4:50 p.m. Tuesday.
Central Pierce firefighters had been called numerous times to assist Ness over the years, Overby said, and the man had been referred to social services for hoarding and sanitation issues.
Firefighters had tried to install a smoke detector in Ness’ home during one such visit, but Ness had refused, Overby said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.