An Omaha man was found in extremely critical condition after fire crews were called to a mobile home fire in Northwest Omaha. The victim, 57-year-old Craig Fuhrer, later died at the hospital.
Firefighters responded to the scene in the Maplewood Estates mobile home complex near 128th and Pratt around 12:15 Wednesday morning.
They initially thought the mobile home was abandoned but Fuhrer was found unconscious in a back bedroom. Paramedics performed CPR on him on the way to the hospital but he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Bob Foreman is a neighbor who told us "They kicked the door in, and all I saw was a little gust of smoke come out the door. At first they couldn't go in because there was smoke."
In the daylight you can see the destruction but it doesn't appear the fire quickly spread.
Battalion Chief Zach Ryan said, “Actually, as far as the amount of fire goes, there wasn't a lot of fire. The entire inside of the trailer was charred with smoke."
Foreman said, “When they went in, it looked like there was debris on fire. It wasn't a big fire. It was a little fire and they doused it.
“I didn't even know that he was home or anything. I had no idea. At first they thought no one was in there and evidently they found him in the back bedroom."
A friend of the victim told us that Fuhrer lived alone and kept to himself. He did have some family in Blair.
The Maplewood Estates mobile home complex is the same one where two children died in a fire six months ago.
Dawn Hernandez lives up the block with three children of her own and she’s still shaken by that fire.
She said, “It's heartbreaking. It's heartbreaking for the families, especially for everybody who knows everybody in this community.
“My heart goes out to the people, the man who lost his life, to his family, sincerely."
Investigators say the circumstances surrounding Fuhrer's death are unknown. An autopsy was performed Wednesday.