The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a house fire that resulted in the death of Covington man, believed to be Brandon Kellum (28). 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. Additional tests are being conducted to confirm the identity of the body.
Around 1:30 A.M. yesterday morning (Sunday, January 22), the STPSO and St. Tammany Fire District #13, responded to a house fire at 72347 Forest Drive in Covington. 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.
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.