Townhome fire turns into homicide investigation

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Police say a deadly fire at a Phoenix townhome is being investigated as a homicide.

Phoenix firefighters responded to a fire at a townhome near 16th Street and Maryland Avenue Thursday morning and found Bruce Gaudet, 56, dead inside.

The unit was destroyed, but firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to nearby townhomes.

Arson and homicide investigators worked the scene and with information obtained from the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office, the investigation is now classified as a homicide, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

The investigation is ongoing.

The cause of death has not been released.