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Fire destroys home, being called suspicious

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CALHOUN, La. (KNOE 8 News) - An early morning fire on Saturday that sent two to the hospital destroyed a Calhoun family's home.

Giving little details into the investigation, crews are calling the fire suspicious. And police and investigators are getting two different stories from the only two adults at the home.


It took about 45 minutes, for firefighters to contain the fire that destroyed this home on Menyfield Road. When our crews arrived on scene, the family of four had already been taken to the hospital and the cause remains a mystery.


"It’s an older home with a wood frame. So those like to burn pretty quick," Ouachita Parish District Fire Chief Perry Jordan said.  

Ryan Monaghan lives in the home with her boyfriend, Derrick Thomas, and two children. Monaghan said the hot water heater is broken and she was heating water on the stove to use for her child's bath.

She said the stove was on when she walked outside to check on their animals. Monaghan said when she turned around, the house was in flames.

She said Thomas came running out of the house with the youngest child. And she ran back to the house for her four year old. Monaghan said when she opened the door, she was hit with a cloud of black smoke and wasn't able to enter the house. She said she called out to her son, who came running out toward her.

Later, Monaghan told KNOE she did enter the home looking for her son.

At the hospital, boyfriend Derrick Thomas told a different story. He said Monaghan watched as the house burned and he is accusing her of trying to kill him and the children.

Monaghan denies those allegations.

The youngest child was not injured in the fire, but the four year old has burns on his hands and face.  

West Monroe Police questioned both Monaghan and Thomas at the hospital. And investigators who are calling the fire suspicious have gone back to the scene for more clues.
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