Shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday morning the Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a fire at 5660 Liddell Lane, about seven miles east of Columbia between Route PP and Route Z. Lt. Carl Giacchi, investigator for the county fire department, said the fire started in a fireplace flue. Owner Penny Sipe was believed to be near the fireplace when the fire started. Lt. Giacchi said Sipe had burns over more than 90 percent of her body. Sipe was taken to University Hospital.
Edward Hawn, a tenant who rented the basement of the house, suffered minor smoke inhalation. A paraplegic, Hawn crawled to the first floor and was found by firefighters a short distance from the house.