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Investigators say 'no foul play' in fatal fire, family wants answers

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Rodney Barfield's family wears R.I.P. shirts to honor his memory. Rodney Barfield's family wears R.I.P. shirts to honor his memory.
Rodney Barfield's family held a march Thursday to get more answers on his death. Rodney Barfield's family held a march Thursday to get more answers on his death.
COUSHATTA, LA (KSLA) - A Coushatta family says they need answers to move forward. 

This is after 46-year-old Rodney Barfield was killed in a fire last August. His girlfriend escaped. 

“We just want justice,” said Katraya Williams, Barfield's sister. 

Officials say the case is still open because there is nothing conclusive and because Barfield's relatives have expressed concern.

The family received a report from their insurance company that shows a long list of possible causes of the fire. They say there are so many inconsistencies with reports on the fire, that they want someone to start digging for answers. 

“We’re asking the mayor to get involved and make a decision, and at least have one of the police departments conduct an investigation,” Williams said.

State fire marshal’s office found no evidence of foul play but has left the investigation open. They say preliminary results indicate the fire originated in the stove area in the kitchen. 

“They gave me a statement that it was inconclusive, and that’s the reason why the case is still open,” Williams said.

The family's insurance company, State Farm, did its own investigation. Their conclusion says that a “careless cooking fire, an electrical malfunction to the wall wiring, stove, or refrigerator, or an intentionally set fire was considered as an ignition source.” 

Williams says the insurance company went inside the house and even brought items out to inspect them.

"They actually took the stove from the house... they didn't just do an eye look. They did a test to determine that the stove wasn't even lit,” she said.

The family says they want to know what happened, and want local officials to step up and start digging. 

“We just want our taxpayer dollars to go to good use," Williams said. "That’s what we pay the police department to do, to investigate."

The family says the most important thing is to know what happened and to get closure. They also are not able to collect their insurance payments until they receive the report from the fire marshal.

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