A garage fire has taken the life of an Eastern Kentucky man. Now his friends and family say his memory will last forever.
Mont Hammond was a husband and a father of two. His wife says his hobby was muscle cars and he worked on cars his entire life. But Hammond was taken from his loved ones while doing what he loved, working on a car.
Mont Hammond was 36 years old. He supported his family by working construction. His wife says he was full of love for God, his family, friends, and cars. She says he loved to race muscle cars as a hobby.
"He was all the time talking about the Lord and stuff, and he was a good Christian man," said Mont's brother, Clyde Hammond Jr.
Loved ones say he was working in the garage on the family's van when a light he was using ignited setting the garage on fire.
"When we arrived on the scene, flames were visible from the road they were a good 50 to 60 feet in the air," said Nick Endicott with the Inez Volunteer Fire Department.
Friends of the family say his wife and father tried to save him, but he was in the pit under the car.
"It was too overwhelming for them with the heat and the smoke to be able to rescue them without losing their own life," Endicott said.
The family says his father, Clyde Hammond Senior, sustained burns to the face and neck while trying to save his son and is in stable condition in Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington West Virginia.
State Police say the fire is believed to be accidental and is still under investigation.
Mont Hammond's funeral is Monday at 1 pm at the Turkey Nazarene Church in Inez. His wife has asked that anyone with a muscle car bring their car to the funeral so her husband can get a send off he would love.
Loved ones have set up an account for contributions for Hammond's wife and daughters at the Family Bank in Inez