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Clay Co. mother dies in house fire

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

A house fire in Clay County on Saturday afternoon ended with one mother of three dead. Amanda Bishop's brother said he tried to save her from that blaze.

William Bishop said his sister was asleep when he left the house like any normal day, but returned to an unthinkable sight.

“When I got there, it was already on fire, so I ran up the hill and around to the back door and when I opened it I couldn’t breathe, the smoke,” said Bishop.

“The bed was right by the window, I busted the window out and I reached in and tried to get her to jerk her out the window but I didn't see her anywhere,” said Bishop.

Amanda Bishop, William’s sister died in that fire. The 26-year-old mother of three lived with her brothers, who say they grew very close after losing both their parents.

“After my mom died, me and her, we got so much closer, I couldn't have gotten no closer to anybody than I did her,” said Bishop.

Bishop said their father died over a dozen years ago and their mother died of cancer three years ago. Bishop said he holds on to memories of his little sister Amanda.

“I can't believe she is gone,” said Bishop.

The 28-year-old said that because they were two years apart, they spent a lot of time together growing up. He said he will forever cherish those memories.

“I been looking at pictures with my family and stuff, looking at pictures and seeing her smile again,” said Bishop.

Bishop said Amanda’s married name was Davidson, but she went by her maiden name. Bishop said she left behind three children, 4-year-old Kelly, 6-year-old Eric and 8-year-old Haley.

He said he would remember the little things about his 26-year-old sister such as her love of sports and sense of humor.

“I remember her just like she was, I remember her laughing, cutting up, joking around,” said Bishop.
“She used to make fun of UK, she was a Duke fan.”

Bishop said he and their little brother Adam enjoyed going to basketball games together.

“She was always happy, smiling,” said her 17-year-old brother Adam.
“She was always in a good mood, never knew her to be mad at anybody.”

“She’s got a smile that just catches you,” said William Bishop.

Her family said she lives on through her kindness and her children.

“She would do anything for anybody, she cared about her kids more than she did anything,” said Adam Bishop.

The family said they do plan on setting funeral arrangements in the future for Amanda. Police tell said they do not suspect any foul play but the cause of the blaze has not been determined.

Officials from state police and the Burning Springs Fire Department responded to the call which came in at around 4 p.m. on May 19. Clay County Coroner Danny Finley said an autopsy will be performed to determine an official cause of death. Kentucky State Police said no other people were injured in the incident and no foul play is suspected.


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