Tucson man dies in house fire

2012-04-28T17:57:00Z Tucson man dies in house fireArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 28, 2012 5:57 pm  • 

The Tucson Fire Department responded to two fires Saturday morning, including one blaze that left a man dead.

The first fire was reported at about 3:10 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 1700 block of South Palo Verde Avenue, near Reid Park, said Capt. Jeff Langejans, a Tucson Fire Department spokesman.

Several 911 callers told the fire department they saw heavy fire and smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story apartment complex, Langejans said in a news release.

Bystanders also told firefighters they heard explosions coming from the apartment.

Two 19-year-old men escaped through the second-floor windows.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters determined the blaze started on a back patio of one of the apartments and spread to the attic.

It took more than 50 minutes to extinguish the fire.

The fire destroyed three apartments and caused $150,00 worth of damage.

The cause was still under investigation.

The second fire was reported at a home in the 700 block of East 37th Street, near South Park Avenue at 10:13 a.m. after a 911 caller saw black smoke coming out of a window.

Firefighters received information that someone was possibly inside the home while they were en route to the fire.

When firefighters arrived, they made an aggressive interior attack on the blaze and found the man inside.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fire caused $15,000 worth of damage.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Tucson Fire investigators and the Tucson Police Department were investigating

Contact reporter Jamar Younger at jyounger@azstarnet.com or 573-4115.

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