Police identify victim in apartment complex fire

The Daily Times staff
Firefighters investigate a structure fire on Tuesday at the Villa View Apartments in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Authorities have identified the victim of a fire at a Farmington apartment complex on Tuesday night.

Barry Fontenot, 68, was found inside one of the units at the Villa View Apartments at 905 Walnut Drive, according to a Farmington Police Department press release.

Fontenot’s body was discovered after Farmington Fire Department firefighters extinguished the fire.

William Pfaff told The Daily Times he knew Fontenot and attempted to enter his apartment to rescue him, but the fire was too intense.

The blaze destroyed six apartments and displaced about 30 residents.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross provided assistance to 13 families.