Man killed in fire at senior apartments in Mesa

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 28 at 6:43 PM

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MESA, Ariz. -- A man was killed in a fire at a senior apartment complex Wednesday night, according to the Mesa Fire and Medical Department.

It occurred on Brown Road near Country Club Drive.

A security guard heard a fire alarm sounding and noticed thick black smoke coming from a second-floor unit of the two-story complex. He rushed over to help but was unable to get inside the apartment because of the smoke.

Firefighters responded and found Keith J. Thomas, 71, deceased inside his apartment.

He had burns on his body but the cause of death has not been determined.

The flames were quickly extingushed and did not spread to other units, according to the fire department.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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