Inside the Mysterious Murder and Burning of a Small-Town Fire Chief's Wife

On July 14, 2017, Steve Krentel was on duty at the firehouse when he got a frantic call from his cousin: The fire chief’s own house was on fire.

By the time he arrived 13 minutes later, his Lacombe, Louisiana, home was destroyed — and his wife of 22 years, Nanette, was dead. Firefighters discovered her charred remains inside with her beloved Chihuahua, Harley, lying next to her. “I was in total complete shock,” Krentel tells PEOPLE.

But what at first appeared to be a heartbreaking...

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