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Posted on Tue, Feb 1, 2011 : 9:28 a.m.

Ann Arbor woman injured in Saturday house fire has died, hospital officials say

By Lee Higgins

A woman injured in a house fire Saturday that killed an Ann Arbor man has died, officials at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids confirmed this morning.

Tyne Mosbey, 19, of Ann Arbor died at 11:18 p.m. Monday of carbon monoxide poisoning, the Kent County Medical Examiner's Office said.

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Two people sleeping in the basement of this west side Ann Arbor home died of injuries they suffered in a fire early Saturday.

Mosbey and 20-year-old Jacob Rachford were found unconscious in the basement of 2275 Westaire Court, where a fire broke out near a stove in the first-floor kitchen at about 5:01 a.m. Saturday.

Both had severe smoke inhalation and were taken to the University of Michigan Hospital, where Rachford was pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m. Saturday. Rachford died of carbon monoxide poisoning from smoke and soot inhalation, and his death was ruled an accident, officials at the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday.

Two others who were sleeping on the first floor escaped from the fire and suffered minor smoke inhalation. One of them called 911 and told emergency responders that two people were in the basement, officials said.

The fire remains under investigation.

Lee Higgins is a reporter for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and e-mail at



Wed, Feb 2, 2011 : 12:57 p.m.

My heart goes out to the families of these two wonderful young adults. How sad that the family of the young woman could not be in Ann Arbor with family and friends during this difficult time. Could find out why this young woman had to be flown to Grand Rapids when UM is suppose to be one of the best hospitals in the country? If UM doesn't have the equipment for this type of accident, why not?


Sat, Feb 5, 2011 : 3:25 a.m.

From a friend who represented St. Joe's for quite some time: hyperbaric oxygen chambers are very expensive and rarely utilized as a result of which their use is regionally coordinated. My conclusion: since this region includes chambers in Toledo and Grand Rapids, the U doesn't really need one.


Fri, Feb 4, 2011 : 2:09 p.m.

I actually emailed UM and this was their response: U of M does not have the Hyperbaric Chamber. Please check current data on research associated with the need for Hyperbaric Chambers. I know that Detroit Receiving Hospital did have one. The University of Michigan is doing many new and interesting Research associated with burns. In many cases when burn injuries present with Carbon Dioxide Poisoning ,it in itself is not life treating at the lower levels. The burn injury itself could be fatal


Thu, Feb 3, 2011 : 4:48 p.m.

@cmama, no, I don't know why UM does not have a chamber. I was surprised to find out it doesn't. I don't know if the answer to this question is something could determine, or if it's even deemed an issue worth researching.


Wed, Feb 2, 2011 : 11:30 p.m.

Bluefire - do you know why UM doesn't have one of these? It would be informative to hear from UM why they don't think this is necessary.


Wed, Feb 2, 2011 : 6:29 p.m.

Tyne was transferred to GR for hyperbaric oxygen treatment. The U apparently does not have a hyperbaric chamber. The two closest are in Toledo and GR, but the Toledo unit was unavailable last Saturday.


Wed, Feb 2, 2011 : 4:29 a.m.

To the Mosbey family, I am so saddened by the news of your loss. It's been many years since we've seen you all; but that matters little at a time of such sadness! My family and I will now (as we just spoke to your family in TX) join you in prayer as you continue to be challenged with so many difficult days already felt and those to come. The loss of a family member is never an easy experience especially at the hands of such a devastating accident. The answers are few, the questions many but; may you find your comfort in the promises of our loving and merciful God who has gone to prepare a place for us at any time that comes for each of us. Much love and condolences! May you feel God's warm embrace through those in your midst: spiritually or physically there to hold your hand! God's peace as we pray for the soul of the repose of Tyne and her friend who also joins her in God's mansion above. God Be With You All. love


Tue, Feb 1, 2011 : 7:50 p.m.

I know the intense pain of having to say goodbye to your precious child. No parent should ever experience this pain. Is there any funeral information or obituary about Jacob? I am trying to figure out if it is the Jacob I knew years ago. This is all so sad and my prayers go out to the families of these beautiful lives that were sadly ended much too soon.


Tue, Feb 1, 2011 : 7:16 p.m.

Jake and Tyne were two beautiful, talented young people, adored by their parents and siblings and loved by many, many friends. They were just beginning to Be. We will keep them in our hearts.


Tue, Feb 1, 2011 : 6:34 p.m.

I did not know Jake, but have known Tyne since she was born. She was a loving, warm, beautiful person who always wore a shy smile on her face. My heart is rent for her family and friends. The world was a nicer place with her in it, and her passing has left a void that will never be filled. Know that her family loved her beyond measure and, if you can, please be gentle in your consideration of this tragic event.


Tue, Feb 1, 2011 : 6:21 p.m.

i can't believe it. i loved you both. love to everyone affected.


Tue, Feb 1, 2011 : 4:56 p.m.

So very sorry. My thought and prayers go out to both families.

Linda Peck

Tue, Feb 1, 2011 : 3:59 p.m.

I send my prayers and blessings and thoughts to the Rachford and Mosbey families and friends at this tragic time.


Tue, Feb 1, 2011 : 3:58 p.m.

Oh no. Heartbreaking. I'm so sorry for the family. God help you.


Tue, Feb 1, 2011 : 3:03 p.m.

Terrible news. May the families of both deceased fine comfort where they can. And also emotional healing for the two survivors.


Tue, Feb 1, 2011 : 2:42 p.m.

I am so, so sorry. My deepest condolences to the Mosby's in this time of sorrow.

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Feb 1, 2011 : 2:52 p.m.

well said