Questions surround discovery of body in burned Mesa home

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The Mesa police and fire departments have confirmed that one person was killed in an early morning house fire at a home that was initially believed to be vacant. By Jennifer Thomas The Mesa police and fire departments have confirmed that one person was killed in an early morning house fire at a home that was initially believed to be vacant. By Jennifer Thomas
The Mesa police and fire departments have confirmed that one person was killed in an early morning house fire at a home that was initially believed to be vacant. By Catherine Holland The Mesa police and fire departments have confirmed that one person was killed in an early morning house fire at a home that was initially believed to be vacant. By Catherine Holland
The Mesa police and fire departments have confirmed that one person was killed in an early morning house fire at a home that was initially believed to be vacant. By Catherine Holland The Mesa police and fire departments have confirmed that one person was killed in an early morning house fire at a home that was initially believed to be vacant. By Catherine Holland
The Mesa police and fire departments have confirmed that one person was killed in an early morning house fire at a home that was initially believed to be vacant. By Catherine Holland The Mesa police and fire departments have confirmed that one person was killed in an early morning house fire at a home that was initially believed to be vacant. By Catherine Holland
The Mesa police and fire departments have confirmed that one person was killed in an early morning house fire at a home that was initially believed to be vacant. By Catherine Holland The Mesa police and fire departments have confirmed that one person was killed in an early morning house fire at a home that was initially believed to be vacant. By Catherine Holland

MESA -- Firefighters pulled a man's body from a burning Mesa home Monday morning. Now investigators are trying to determine how the man died and what sparked the first-alarm fire.

While the home in the area of Guadalupe and Dobson roads was initially believed to be vacant -- SRP reportedly said there were no utilities to the home -- police have confirmed that a body was found inside.

"When firefighters originally made entry -- when they were bringing down the fire -- they did locate a deceased male right in the front entrance of the home,"said. Sgt. Ed Wessing with the Mesa Police Department.

Crews pulled the man out of the burning house, but he was already dead.

Firefighters on the scene said there were early reports that others might have been inside, but no other victims were found.

According to a neighbor, a man in his 50s lived alone in the house and was apparently facing foreclosure. That neighbor said the man has been giving away his possessions, including his furniture, during the past week or so. He reportedly had stopped paying bill, as well.

While investigators have not confirmed those details, they did say some of the rooms in the house appeared to be pretty empty.

Crews don't yet know what sparked the fire, but they do believe it started in the attic and spread quickly from there. Crews from Mesa, Tempe and Chandler all responded to the scene.

It's not yet clear how the man, who has been identified as David Parry, died.

The investigation is just getting under way.

"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't something suspicious," Wessing said.