Fire crews responded to 911 call about an apartment complex fire near 19th Avenue and Glendale late Monday night. When they arrived at the scene, they saw smoke billowing from a second story unit. Investigators said the victim was found in a second-floor bedroom of the two-story apartment and appeared to be trying to escape the fire before he was overcome.
The man had been badly burned and was transported to the Maricopa County burn Center. He died from his injuries a few hours later.
Crews were able to put out the fire before it spread to other units. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials say it apparently started in the kitchen.
The Fire Department says a smoke detector was found in the apartment, but it didn’t have a battery installed.
No other injuries were reported.
The man’s name has not been released.