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UPDATE - PCSO and Fire Investigators Investigating a Deadly Morning Fire
Posted: 12/14/2013 12:00 AM

On Friday, December 13, 2013 at 6:37 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office along with the Regional Fire Department responded to a large residential structure fire in the Desert Highlands subdivision. The Desert Highlands subdivision is northeast of Casa Grande in an unincorporated area of Pinal County. Two neighbors called 9-1-1 to report the fire.

The first emergency responders arrived at the home within 10 minutes of the call being dispatched. The home was fully engulfed by the fire. Neighbors attempted to kick open the front door of the home and also threw rocks through windows trying to see if anybody was inside.

The Regional Fire Department along with the Casa Grande Fire Department and the Gila River Fire Department began fighting the fire.

Deputies were able to learn from neighbors and later confirm through records, the home was owned by Dennis Edward Brough (age 50) and his wife Joyce Bonenberger Brough (age 51). Their 11-year-old son Trevor also lived at the residence. The vehicles owned by the family were parked at the residence.

After the fire was out, PCSO Criminal Investigations Bureau detectives along with fire department arson investigators were able to locate three bodies inside of the residence. An adult male body was located in the garage, an adult female body was located in the master bedroom and the body of a child was located in a bedroom.

The Medical Examiner’s Office was present and helped detectives recover the body. The bodies were removed from the residence and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will need to confirm through dental records the identity of the three bodies that were recovered. Detectives and arson investigators will continue to work to determine the cause of the fire.

When our office is notified of the cause of death and the cause of the fire is determined we will send out another update.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Neighbors, deputies and firefighters did all they could to try and save the lives of the three people inside of this home. Many of the first responders and others who assisted have young children of their own which makes this type of case difficult to work. All of them are professional and will continue to work around the clock to find answers to bring closure to this tragic event. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to family, friends and neighbors who are dealing with this tragedy right before this holiday season.”


Public Information Officer

Mark Clark

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