Man dies in flaming feud with partner
PONCHATOULA- Fire investigators believe a house explosion Friday was planned by one of the two men who lived at the home on Renee Drive after a fight over renovations.
Elphage Joseph "Kirk" Scioneaux III, 48, died in the blast. Fire Marshal investigators are not sure if he intended to kill himself or not, but said he is responsible for planning the explosion using flammable liquids dumped throughout the house.
"Kirk" lived in the home with Elphage Joseph "EJ" Scioneaux Jr., his adoptive father, and apparent boyfriend. Investigators said the men had been in a relationship since 1998, but more recently, the younger Scioneaux had adopted by the elder Scioneaux and became the 68-year-old's caretaker. "EJ" Scioneaux said the adoption was to give "Kirk," who is from Taiwan, legal rights and privileges.
"EJ" Scioneaux told investigators the pair had an "intense argument concerning a renovation project at the home, which had been ongoing for some eight months" and went shopping to let things cool down. While he was away, "Kirk" Scioneaux created the inferno.
Fire experts said the fumes of chemicals used as lighter fluid fueled a blast, blowing large doors and framing 20 to 25 feet away from the house.
An autopsy found "Kirk" Scioneaux was alive and breathing at some point during the explosion and fire.
Evidence collected at the scene has been sent to the State Police Crime Lab for further testing.
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