Fire marshal: Jarreau man died of smoke inhalation in mobile home fire

Officials with the state Fire Marshal’s Office said Monday that preliminary findings indicate the 85-year-old Jarreau man whose body was pulled from his fire-charred mobile home Saturday died of smoke inhalation.

Chief Deputy Brant Thompson said the cause of the fire is still under investigation but authorities don’t suspect foul play.

“There’s nothing at this point to raise that kind of suspicion,” Thompson said Monday.

“We’re still doing some scene work and interviewing some of the folks who last saw him alive,” he said. “We want to be able to tell the story to the family and those concerned about what we think happened.”

The body of Henry H. Jipson, 5327 Island Road, was pulled from the charred remains of his mobile home Saturday.

Firefighters from the Pointe Coupee Fire District No. 3 were called to the mobile home park at about 12:12 p.m., but the mobile home was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. The fire was under control about 12:30 p.m.

Jipson was the only person inside the two-bedroom, 14-foot-by-65-foot mobile home.

Investigators said the fire likely began in the living room, but that was not where Jipson’s body was found by firefighters.

Thompson said Monday the state Fire Marshal’s Office is awaiting “more conclusive” information from Jipson’s autopsy report from the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, but that could take a few weeks.