Man who died at festival lived in Switzerland

Man who died at festival lived in Switzerland
Posted at 7:58 AM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 08:58:55-04

BLACK ROCK CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Pershing County Sheriff's Office says the man who died after he ran into the flames of the Burning Man festival's giant wooden effigy of a man was a U.S. citizen who had a home in Oklahoma but apparently was living in Switzerland with his wife.

The sheriff's office also says that attempts to rescue 41-year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell were hampered because part of the structure was falling as they were trying to get Mitchell out of it. The sheriff's office says: "Rescuers had to leave him to allow the structure to fall and provide for rescuer safety before they could go back into the flames to extract Aaron from the debris."

The sheriff's office adds that investigators are having a harder time getting information as festival-goers leave the site for their homes. 

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