Family mourns man who died after going back into burning home


CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man died after going back into a burning home Tuesday afternoon in Clark County, according to firefighters.

Firefighters say the fire broke out on Cunningham Lane in the Trapp community around 3:00 p.m. and took hours to completely put out.

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Investigators say a couple escaped the fire, but the man ran back inside and never came back out.  His body was later found by firefighters.

His family identified him as 72-year old Mike Snowden, a Rockwell retiree and Vietnam Veteran.

The family says they don’t know why he ran back into the burning home, but say perhaps he was confused or that he went back in to retrieve his bible.

According to the sheriff, there was an oxygen tank that exploded during the fire, but was not the cause of the fire.

The Clark County Fire Chief said there were multiple explosions while they fought the flames.

A large portion of Snowden’s extended family lives on the same street.

Elsie Ritchie is his sister-in-law who lives two doors down. She said she felt the first explosion, saying it shook the ground.

“He was always good to my kids,” Ritchie said. “My son came in and said it was just like losing [his] dad again, because Mike was like a second dad to [him].”

“It’s unbelievable, he didn’t deserve that,” Snowden’s nephew, Darrell Ritchie said.

Arson investigators from Kentucky State Police are trying to determine a cause.