The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a house fire that resulted in the death of Covington man.
Around 1:30 A.M. yesterday morning (Sunday, January 22), the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, and St. Tammany Fire District #13, responded to a house fire at 72347 Forest Drive, Covington, Louisiana. When deputies arrived, they located three subjects outside of the residence, two of which suffered severe burns and were transported to a burn center in Baton Rouge. They indicated that Brandon Kellum was still inside, but the fire was too extreme for first responders to enter safely. After the flames were extinguished, a body was discovered inside.
St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston’s office conducted an autopsy this morning, and ruled the cause of death as asphyxia by smoke inhalation and by thermal burns. Although the body is believed to be 28-year-old, Brandon Kellum, additional tests are being conducted to confirm the identity of the body due to the extreme disfigurement caused by the fire. The manner of death is still unclassified at this time.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the A.T.F., and the Louisiana Fire Marshal are investigating the incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation