Man dies after alerting neighbors to fire

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man is dead after trying to help his neighbors evacuate their homes during an early morning fire.

Flames broke out inside a condo at 26th Street and Campbell Avenue around 3 a.m. Sunday. The victim alerted neighbors.

He was taking care of a unit whose owner has been living in an elderly-care facility. When firefighters arrived, they found the man using a fire extinquisher to put out the flames. He even helped firefighters gain access to the condo from the rear.

The victim, Charles Mosher, was later found unconscious in a garage after his wife reported him missing. Officials said he died from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Mosher designed and built the five-unit condo complex and lived there for more than 30 years. Phoenix fire Capt. Scott McDonald called the man a hero.

Crews were able to contain the flames to just one unit. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.