1 person dies in east valley house fire

- A man was found dead after a fire broke out inside an east valley home on Wednesday night .

The Mesa Police Department says 74-year-old Joseph Chouinard has been identified as the victim.

Investigators say Chouinard was having dinner with friends on his street, when he was alerted to a fire at his home near the US 60 and Sossaman Road.

Along with two friends, Chouinard ran to his home and, according to witnesses, he ran inside his home to retrieve his car keys.

Chouinard did not make it back outside and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Because there was no indication of how the fire started, it is considered suspicious.

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