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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 11:56 am | Updated: 1:21 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

A Scottsdale man has died from burns he suffered Monday night in a garage fire at his home, police said Tuesday.

Bill Donnelly, 45, who had second- and third-degree burns to his face, chest, back and arms, died Monday night after being flown to the burn unit at Maricopa Medical Center, fire and police officials said.

Firefighters, using thermal-imaging equipment to see through smoke-filled rooms, found Donnelly inside his home in the 12000 block of East Ironwood Drive after responding to multiple calls about a garage fire around 7:45 p.m., said Mike Clark with the Rural/Metro Fire Department.

Neighbors told firefighters they thought family members were still inside the home, Clark said.

Scottsdale police detective Sam Bailey said it appears Donnelly had been working in the front of his garage when there was an ignition or explosion of some kind. He walked to the couch inside the home and collapsed. He was home alone.

Donnelly did not have a heartbeat when firefighters found him, Clark said. They resuscitated him and took him to Scottsdale Healthcare Shea, and he was flown to the burn unit in Phoenix.

The fire destroyed the garage and burned part of the attic but was extinguished before it could do more than smoke damage to the rest of the home, Clark said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation today, Clark said.

Donnelly is survived by his wife and daughter, police said. Neither were identified.

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