Man killed in Folly Beach fire to be laid to rest in Ohio

The man who died inside his Folly Beach apartment in a fire last Friday will be laid to rest by his family and friends in Loveland, Ohio, next week.

Tom Thiel, 43, was found dead early Friday morning when firefighters responded to the apartment on 81 Center St. He died from smoke inhalation, according to officials with the coroner’s office.

Brian Thiel, Tom’s brother who lives in Florida, said they’ll be holding a funeral service on April 2. Thiel said he and his family were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from the people of Folly Beach this past weekend.

“I had no idea that Tom was loved by so many people on Folly Beach,” he said. “I literally walked into the Tides hotel and was brought to tears the first moment someone spoke to me.”

Tom Thiel had moved to Folly Beach after visiting his cousin who was already calling The Edge of America home.

On Tuesday, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division ruled out any criminal activity in determining what caused the fire. On Wednesday, Folly Beach Public Safety Chief Dennis Brown said the fire marshal was still investigating to determine the cause.

Read more in future editions of The Post and Courier.

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