Fire at Phoenix business turns deadly

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A man who was injured Thursday night in a fire near 28th Avenue and Osborn Road has died, according to a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.

Firefighters were called after 7 p.m. when the blaze broke out at M&P Contracting.

Authorities said a 50-year-old mechanic, Gene Boyle, was welding on a dump truck when something sparked an explosion. The fire then spread to several nearby trucks.

Boyle suffered burns that covered 90 percent of his body. He was taken to the Maricopa Medical Center's burn unit in extremely critical condition.

The fire was extinguished within an hour. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the blaze.

The fire sent up a huge column smoke that could be seen for miles.

Firefighters said when they first arrived on scene the victim was using a garden hose to spray himself off -- trying to relieve some of the burns.

The building was full flammable material.

"This is a big shop full of transmission fluid, oil drums, 55 gallon drums, solvents, break cleaners, everything you could imagine in a mechanic type of shop," explained Capt. Scott McDonald with the Phoenix Fire Department. "Once that flash, whatever happened, then the rest of the shop got going and the fire grew very fast."

No firefighters were injured on that call.