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Man Found Dead in Burned-Out Camper

By Mike Valerio, Reporter
Published On: Jun 22 2012 10:21:09 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 22 2012 10:26:57 PM CDT
Aurora deadly fire picture
AURORA -

The remains of a Beaufort County man were found in his destroyed camper-trailer Thursday morning, after fire crews were called to extinguish the blaze.

Henry Jennette, 73, was found among ashen debris at 346 Middle Road outside of Aurora. Calls to 911 came in around 8:30 a.m., but crews were unaware anyone was inside as they extinguished the flames.

Family members said Jennette lived in the camper alone, with no electricity. An official cause for the blaze has not been ruled.

"Everything is in shambles right now," said Opal Cratch, Jennette's sister. "It's a small camper, and everything he had was in it. Everything is gone."

Jennette was well-known across Aurora, and worked as a lawn-mower repair man. Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office ruled out foul play as a cause of the fire.

"I imagine, this could have been a cooking fire," Cratch said. "He told me that he cooked early mornings so when it got hot, he wouldn't have to cook. His stove could have got out of hand or something."

A strange quiet hung over the Arapahoe neighborhood, far different from when Jennette was alive.

"He loved his gospel music, and he kept his radio on 24 hours a day," Cratch said.

An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death. No other structures were damaged because of the fire.