Man burned in Mesa car fire - News, Weather & Sports

Man burned in Mesa car fire

A man suffered burns to his arms and face after a parked car he was in caught fire in front of a Mesa home early Monday morning.

Mesa firefighters found the man in the car after they arrived just after 1 a.m., said fire Capt. Jim Barnhart. The fire was contained to the car and to the front and attic space of the house near U.S. Highway 60 and Alma School Road.

Mesa police Sgt. Tony Landato said the man pulled up to the wrong house before the car caught fire. Landato said the man did not know the homeowner, and was possibly intoxicated.

Barnhart said firefighters had to continue to fight the car fire as they rescued the man from inside, and that the homeowner was evacuated safely, Barnhart said.

"I got up and put some clothes on and they said 'your house is on fire.' They said, 'Is anybody else here?' I said 'no', so I come out here and the place is full of fire trucks and cop cars," said homeowner Robert Gengler.

The victim was taken to the Maricopa County Burn Center. His name has not been released.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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