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Contradictory stories between Baldwin Police and inmate's family

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BALDWIN, La. -

After Monday's fire, the Baldwin Police Department is moving down the street until they street until they can repair their damaged facility.

"Right now temporarily in the old fire department, but we're going to be moving back into the old police department," says Police Chief Harry Smith.

Investigators say the fire started when inmate Edmond Ray Robertson, who was being held for shoplifting, lit himself on fire. Police Chief Smith wouldn't comment on the fire, citing the ongoing investigation. 

Smith did say he ran into the burning building to rescue Robertson. 

"My dispatcher called me on my cell phone stating that the building was on fire and there was an inmate in the cell. Upon my arrival, I entered the building and grabbed the fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire and pulled the inmate out of the cell to safety."

This is where the story becomes unclear. We spoke with Robertson's family. They say they know the man who pulled Robertson out of the fire, and it wasn't Chief Smith. They also say that man told them nobody else was in the building when he came to the inmate's rescue. 

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