A badly burned dead body was discovered in a home that was ravaged by fire early Friday morning in the 2300 block of Alpine Drive, according to Lake Havasu City police and fire officials.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and remains under investigation, but the origin of the fire was found to come from the living room, said Scott St. John, a fire arson investigator with the police department.

Fire officials received the call of a fully engulfed home at 3:28 a.m. and responded with three engines, one ladder truck and a battalion chief. The fire was under control in 21 minutes, said Battalion Chief James Whitt with the fire department. But police and fire personnel were on the scene until 12:30 p.m. investigating the scene and putting out smoldering embers.

There was little remaining Friday morning, but a burned out shell of a home at 2393 Alpine Drive. Much of what could be seen from the driveway was the charred insides and a collapsed roof. A fire even blackened a white vehicle in the driveway.

The identity of the body has not been confirmed because of its condition, St. John said. The family of the individual who lives at the home has been contacted, but without a positive identification no more information about the individual would be released, he added.

Circumstances leading up to the death and the fire were unknown as well.

“We can’t comment on the cause of death until an autopsy is performed,” St. John said.

When asked whether there was anything suspicious noticed in the area before or during the fire, St. John said: “Not that was verified.”

The body was removed from the home at about 10 a.m. Friday and taken away by the Mohave County Medical Examiner.

When the fire was first called in, there was concern that it could spread to neighboring houses, according to a fire department press release. When they were at the scene, fire officials were told that two dogs were inside the residence, but firefighters were unable to locate the dogs.

No firefighters were injured at the scene.

The structural loss of the home was determined to be about $150,000.

Members of the city’s Community Emergency Response Team responded to the scene to help with rehab efforts for the firefighters.

You may contact the reporter at gmoberly@havasunews.com.

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