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July 25 10:10 AM

Man found dead following fire in Webster Parish

MINDEN, La. — A mother and a community are mourning the loss of the victim of a house fire in Minden.

Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton confirmed the identity of a man found dead in a camper trailer following a fire north of the Minden city limits, just off Highway 159 Wednesday morning.

Sexton said the body of 25- year-old Robin Coker was discovered inside a trailer on Garland Road at about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Coker’s mother, Jacki Garland, who resides at a neighboring house, reported the fire via 911 after noticing a bright glow near Coker’s residence.

According to Sexton, the local fire department was dispatched to the scene and managed to extinguish the blaze.

Officials with the State Fire Marshal’s Office said Coker was found within the charred remains of the travel trailer. According to fire officials, Coker’s home was receiving electricity via an extension cord routed from his mother’s home, which is adjacent to his. Reportedly, the camper trailer was equipped with a smoke alarm. It is unclear if the alarm was functional at the time of the fire.

“The body was discovered after the fire was extinguished,” Sexton said. “For unknown reasons, Robin Coker didn’t make it out of the trailer.”

“He was asleep,” said Beth Coker. “He had gotten almost to the door. He was roughly two feet from the door.”

According to Beth Coker, the camper trailer burned to the ground, and the blaze managed to level everything except the metal framework of the structure and metal appliances. “At first, I though maybe he wasn't at home,” Garland said. “By the time I got there, it was too late.”

the outpouring of condolences and memories of Coker continue to flood his Facebook page. Reflections of a young man, whom most knew as a fun and peopleoriented “Rob,” have been steady on the social media site.

A picture posted Tuesday by Coker’s mother showed a playful and spirited 25-year-old.

“He was the light of our lives.

We are going to be lost without him,” Garland said.

In addition to his mother and sister, Coker is survived by his wife, Amber, and son, Timothy Rion Coker.

Coker’s remains have been sent to Little Rock, Ark., for autopsy.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Funeral services are expected to be at Pine Grove Church in Minden; however, the date and time are pending, according to Coker’s mother.

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