1 dead in Mesa mobile home fire

- A man died in an early-morning mobile home fire in Mesa on Thursday.

The Rural Metro Fire Department says crews arrived to the fire near Broadway and 83rd Street at around 6:30 a.m. and initially tried to enter the home through the front door, but there was too much fire.

"A lof of heat, crews had to re-deploy their fire hose to the back side of the trailer, forced entry, did a search on the trailer itself and that's when they located the victim," Battalion Chief Kevin Hennis said.

The victim is believed to be a man in his 70s.

About 20 firefighters battled the blaze, which neighbors described as "intense." As a result, the mobile home is completely destroyed.

"The flames were really shooting up high into the sky," Michael Frost said.

Crews had a handle on the fire in about 15 to 20 minutes. They managed to keep the flames inside the home and from spreading to neighboring structures.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was called in to investigate.

"Evidence will show exactly what happened, but we really gotta get in there to find out how and why," Officer Courtney Palma said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, however, it does not appear to be suspicious in nature. 

Both Rural Metro Fire Department and MCSO investigators are looking into it.

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