Body found after mobile home fire near Mesa

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MESA, Ariz. – A man has been found dead following a fire at a mobile home near Mesa.

A spokesman with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said the body was found Thursday morning inside a trailer at the Dollbeer Mobile Home Ranch and RV Resort near Main Street and Hawes Road.

The location is in an unincorporated area of Maricopa County between Mesa and Apache Junction.

Firefighters arrived at the scene around 6 a.m. and found a significant amount of smoke and flames.

Rural Metro Fire Department spokesman Colin Williams said firefighters had a difficult time entering the home because of the large amount of personal belongings and furniture inside, especially in the living room.

"The entire trailer flashed over, meaning the entire environment became full of fire," he said.

Firefighters had to battle the flames from outside the trailer. They discovered the body after putting the fire out.

"When you have a fire inside a trailer, it's a small, metal box," Williams said. "Very hot, fire moves very quickly throughout there, very dangerous, very fast and very hard to survive."

There cause of the fire is unknown at this time and it's unclear if the victim died as a result of the fire.

Authorities have not released the man's name.

"He left early in the morning, came back late at night, didn't see him much," said neighbor Bruce Leech, who awoke to the smell of smoke. "The adrenaline gets going when you see all the smoke and the fire engines, but it is a very sad day when you realize something tragic has happened like that."

Leech said the man was in his 50s.

The sheriff's office is investigating.


Man found dead in Mesa-area mobile home after fire

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say a man's dead body was found following a fire in a Mesa-area mobile home.

Rural Metro Fire Department spokesman Colin Williams says smoke was coming from the mobile home when firefighters arrived Thursday morning. They entered but had to retreat seconds later when the fire flashed, fully enveloping the home in flames.

The body was found after the fire was extinguished. Authorities initially said two bodies were found but Williams said that was a mix-up.

No details are available on the fire's cause or circumstances of the death, but Williams says the home was packed with a personal belongings and furniture that made access difficult.

The location is an unincorporated area between Mesa and Apache Junction.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Officer Chris Hegstrom says an investigation is underway.

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