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Family believes fire death is really a homicide

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On August 25th, a Coushatta  man was killed when a fire ravage his home. One person escaped the blaze. Dozens gathered Saturday night to morn the fire victim Rodney Barfield. Barfield's family believe something more sinister happened him.

"I think my brother was murdered," Philip Barfield said about his brother's death. "I mean, as my sister said, from other expert opinions. When we spoke to them, they told us that the fire had to of been a blaze way before anyone was contacted."

Katraya Williams is Barfield's sister. She says Coushatta firefighters were called to the scene several minutes after the fire started.

"The fire department was called at 3:37 AM," Williams said. "They responded in four minutes. At 3:41 AM, they were at the scene, and at that time, the home was already in a blaze."

The siblings say that timing, multiple stories about the night their brother died and more lead them to suspect foul play. Barfield says he also doesn't believe the fire started in the kitchen, like fire officials have said. He thinks it started where his brother was found.

"The hottest spot in the house on a fire would be the most burnt spot and that was the bedroom," Barfield said.

Coushatta police say the Louisiana Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the case. Barfield and Williams say that's after their efforts to gain more information. They're not happy with how law enforcement have handled the fire.

"Our concern right now is that an investigation was not done immediately," Williams said.

Coushatta police and state fire marshal refused to give details about the investigation into the fire. Stick with KTBS for more as this story develops.

 

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