Archive for Saturday, September 30, 1995

RAGING BLAZE KILLS LAWRENCE MAN

September 30, 1995

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A late night fire took the life of a Lawrence man Friday in the Sherwood Glen mobile home park in East Lawrence.

Firefighters got the call about a possible trailer fire, at 2200 Harper, at 10:40 p.m. By the time firefighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

Chuck McManness, who lives across the street, identified the man in the trailer as Scott Shipley.

McManness was at home with his family when his 2-year-old grandson pointed out flames inside Shipley's trailer. After calling the fire department, McManness and his son went across the street and tried unsuccessfully to rescue Shipley.

"We went to the front door and it was locked so I ran back to his bedroom window," McManness said. "He yelled, so I broke out the window and shined my flashlight in and told him to come toward the light. He said he couldn't, so I tried to go in after him but the smoke was just too much. Just a couple of minutes sooner and we could've gotten to him."

Throngs of neighbors stood outside as firefighters put out the fire and taped off the area to begin an investigation. Battalion Chief Will Stark said fire investigators hadn't yet determined the cause of the blaze.

Stark said in addition to fire investigator Cathy Elkins, the fire marshall, fire chief and other fire investigators had been called to investigate.

McManness said his neighbor was a quiet man who kept to himself. He said Shipley, who lived in the trailer alone, had an ex-wife and daughter who live in Lawrence.

"It's just so hard knowing you tried to save somebody, but couldn't," McManness said.

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