Man badly injured in apartment fire in Mesa

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MESA, Ariz. -- A Mesa man is fighting for his life after an early morning apartment fire.

It happened at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday northeast of Country Club Drive and Brown Road.

Mesa Fire Capt. Forrest Smith said the initial call reported a smell of smoke in the area.

Crews saw that smoke when they arrived on the scene and immediately requested more units.

Forcing their way into the burning apartment, firefighters found an unconscious man.

The 43-year-old man suffered smoke inhalation and burns, injuries that Smith described as life-threatening. The victim was taken to Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center. No information about him was immediately available.

The fire stretched between a bedroom and the kitchen, according to Smith. Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames, containing the damage to the one unit.

No evacuations were necessary and no other units or residents were affected.

Smith said it's not clear if there was a working smoke detector in the victim's apartment.

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the fire.