Victim identified in deadly garage fire at Gilbert home

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

The Gilbert Police Department has identified the man who was found dead following a garage fire at a home Friday.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was on the scene of the deadly fire. 

An ATF agent with a forensic dog was outside the home in a neighborhood southeast of Pecos and Higley roads around 7 p.m. A different ATF agent was at the scene assisting investigators earlier in the day.

The Gilbert Fire and Medical Department responded to reports of flames and a possible explosion in the 3000 block of East Wyatt Way around 1:40 p.m. 

A Gilbert police officer reached the fire first and was able to enter the attached home and rescue a dog, said Gilbert Fire and Medical Capt. Mike Palmatier. Both the officer and the dog escaped unharmed.

On Saturday, Gilbert police identified the victim as 39-year-old Jamie Markovich. 

Police say that Markovich did not live at the residence. 

Firefighters quickly went to work attacking the flames spewing from the garage.

"Part of the garage door looked like it had been moved, or blown off, and there was fire actually running down the driveway and there were some gas cans outside as well," said Palmatier.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before they spread to the home. Inside the charred garage, they found  Markovich's body and a burned-out vehicle.

Neighbor Chris Boudreau said he saw the homeowner, a father of two, outside near the garage Friday morning.

"I came home at about 6:20 this morning. I saw him in the driveway. He was doing something in the driveway. I waved at him. He waved back. Everything just seemed kind of normal," Boudreau said. "He was pretty much the structure of the family, it seemed like. He was the one who was holding everything together."

 A spokesman for the department said he hadn't been briefed on why members of the ATF were called to assist with the investigation.

At this point, it's not clear what sparked the fire.

[MAP: Pecos and Higley roads, Gilbert]

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