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Advocate staff photo by NICK REIMANN -- A body that was recovered from a Lacombe house fire Friday has been identified to be that of Nanette Krentel, wife of St. Tammany Fire Protection District 12 Chief Steve Krentel.

A body found after a house fire in Lacombe on Friday has been identified as that of Nanette Krentel, the wife of St. Tammany Fire District No. 12 Chief Steve Krentel, St. Tammany Parish Coroner Charles Preston said Tuesday.

Nanette Krentel’s remains were found burned beyond recognition when investigators from the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office and the state Fire Marshal’s Office arrived at the Krentels’ house at 3 p.m. Friday, about 30 minutes after the fire started.

The fire destroyed the 3,000-square-foot home along with vehicles in the garage.

The roof had to be removed before any remains could be recovered, at which point investigators discovered Krentel’s body along with the remains of pets.

Krentel’s body was burned so badly upon that it could be identified only through DNA analysis, though it already was widely assumed the body was hers.

A box was placed outside of Fire District 12 headquarters, where Steve Krentel is chief, with a handwritten note reading: "Donations/Thank you for your support during this difficult time — Your FD12 Family."

Krentel, a former preschool teacher, would have turned 50 on Thursday.

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