- Associated Press - Thursday, September 14, 2017

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The Latest on killing of fire chief’s wife (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

A New Orleans-area fire chief says it’s a great relief to be publicly cleared in the death of his wife, whose body was found in their burned-out house in July.


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Stephen Krentel says now the focus can be on getting justice for Nanette Krentel.

The coroner said Wednesday that she died of a bullet wound. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said Thursday that Krentel has been cleared. A state fire official says the house was set on fire.



Krentel says he lost everything to the fire on July 14, and doesn’t have any idea who might have shot his wife and set fire to their home.

Krentel is chief St. Tammany Parish Fire District 12, north of New Orleans and on the other side of Lake Pontchartrain.

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11 a.m.

A Louisiana sheriff says a local fire chief has been cleared in the shooting that killed his wife before their home burned down in July.

And the state fire marshal’s chief deputy, Brant Thompson, says the fire was intentionally set.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said Thursday that District 12 Fire Chief Stephen Krentel has cooperated fully with the investigation of Nanette Krentel’s death.

He also said detectives are waiting for some lab results, and that’s why he said Wednesday that his investigation did not fully support the coroner’s conclusion of homicide. Smith said his office has always investigated the case as a homicide.

Nanette Krentel’s body was found in her home after firefighters put out a blaze July 14.

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The 11 a.m. story has been corrected to show the dead woman’s first name was Nanette, not Melissa.

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