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Deputies: Fire breaks out at home of accessory suspects connected to Stroupe case

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From left: Larry Hawkins, Jennifer Hawkins, Frederick Badgero (Source: BCSO) From left: Larry Hawkins, Jennifer Hawkins, Frederick Badgero (Source: BCSO)
Charred remains of the house in Barnardsville (FOX Carolina/ Aug. 4, 2017) Charred remains of the house in Barnardsville (FOX Carolina/ Aug. 4, 2017)
BARNARDSVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

As a grieving family prepares to bury Thomas Bryson, investigators are still working the case that keeps taking more twists and turns.

Buncombe County deputies are investigating after a fire broke out at the home of the suspects accused of helping Phillip Stroupe II evade capture during a multi-day, multi-county manhunt.

Deputies said the fire was reported late Thursday night at the home on Rocky Drive in Barnardsville.

"I could see the flames real high over there and the fire trucks coming in," said neighbor, Earl Keykeldals, "When I woke up it was about burned down."

Deputies said Stroupe visited the home on July 26 after kidnapping Thomas Bryson and stealing his car in Henderson County.

Jennifer Hawkins, Larry Hawkins, III and Frederick Badgero are accused of giving Stroupe II a place to hide at the Barnardsville home while he was on the run. The three suspects are now charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

Stroupe was captured on July 27 after he was found Bryson’s car in McDowell County.

Bryson’s body was found Sunday night in Buncombe County.

Stroupe has since been charged with murder and a number of other offenses in three counties.

FOX Carolina's crew at the scene said the fire destroyed the house.

"They hadn't been living there very long," said neighbor, Keykeldals.

Investigators say the suspects lived  at the home long enough to harbor the accused fugitive.

Buncome County arrest warrants detail the suspects alleged involvement. 

Stroupe was pulled over and arrested on the night of July 26. Deputies say he was driving Thomas Bryson's truck, which was altered with black spray paint.

According to the warrants, deputies found evidence consistent with the same black paint found on Bryson's car outside Hawkin's Barnardsville home.

The Asheville-Buncombe Arson task force was called in to investigate Friday morning, but deputies said the investigation is still in its early stages.

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