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Deaths in Goodfield fire ruled homicide – neighbors react

A juvenile is being questioned about a mobile home fire on April 6th in Goodfield which killed five people, including three children.

The Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman issued his findings on Thursday which ruled the deaths as homicides stating the investigation, which includes the Woodford County Sheriffs Office, has ruled the fire was set intentionally.

The community at Timberline Trailer Court is full of emotions, just days after holding a vigil to honor the lives lost.

The fire started just before midnight where Eureka-Goodfield fire crews arrived to the trailer engulfed in flames. A neighbor who was there that night describes how quickly the fire spread.

“Mobile homes are built thinner and plus with the skirting instead of a foundation you have an updraft which is going to feed a fire. It’s like comparing a piece of paper burning and a piece of tissue burning.” said Anna Marie Siebert, a long time resident.

Jason Wall, 34 Kathryn Murray, 69 as well as three children all under the age of 2 were pronounced dead at the scene.

The official cause of death from the coroner is homicide by smoke inhalation.

“You gotta remind people all the time don’t take these things for granted because you don’t know.” It’s a lot of healing for everyone in the community and that family is going to have to do a lot of healing too.” said Siebert.

The manager of the trailer park was given the okay by Woodford County officials to tear down the mobile home but said he will wait for the investigation to finish.

The Woodford County Chief Deputy said the investigation is still on going with a lot of evidence still to process. He said it is a sensitive case and too soon for any formal statement to be made about the juvenile being questioned.

Kaitlin Pearson

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