Police ID victim in fatal Mesa senior housing fire
CBS 5 News
MESA, AZ (CBS5) -
The Mesa Fire Department continued to investigate a fatal apartment fire at a senior living community that broke out Wednesday.
Keith J. Thomas, 71, lived alone in the apartment at Fellowship Square, near Brown and Grand. He died at the scene about 7:30 p.m. - despite efforts to save him.
"What we know so far is that they did find him in the kitchen area," said Mesa Fire Capt. Dean Morales. "The fire was contained to the kitchen. But we don't know what series of events took place. He did have burns to his body. But we don't know if he succumbed to the fire, the smoke or some type of medical emergency."
Morales said the fire and damage are contained to the one unit and that much of the flames had already burned out by the time crews arrived.
The cause of the fire and cause of death were still being investigated.
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