Sheriff: Body recovered from Bear Creek house fire believed to be local father

Marion County authorities believe 40-year-old Kevin Pickens lost his life in the early morning house fire.

Marion County authorities responded to a house fire in the Bear Creek community at 4321 County Highway 48.

After the fire, authorities recovered a body believed to be 40-year-old Kevin Pickens, who lived at the home with his wife and son.

Pickens' body's identification is pending a formal autopsy.

Leah Pickens and her 9-year-old were able to escape the home safely.

Marion County Sheriff's Office and Alabama State Firearm Marshal's Office investigators are looking into the incident.