LAYTON -- A fire that destroyed a house Monday morning while the homeowners were on vacation is being called suspicious by firefighters.
Fire Battalion Chief Jared Sholly said that crews responded to 867 W. 2175 North about 8 a.m.
"When crews arrived, they saw heavy fire and heavy smoke coming from the front, back and west side of the house," Sholly said. "The crews made an aggressive attack on the fire and after 15 minutes they felt like it would not spread to the house to the west of it."
Four engine trucks responded and the fire was put out in about 45 minutes.
Sholly would not comment as to why the fire is considered suspicious, beyond saying the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Investigators would like to talk to David Kenny, a 32-year-old son of the home's owner.
An attempt-to-locate broadcast described Kenny as a white male driving a 1993 white Toyota with front-end damage.
"We're not calling him a suspect, he's just a person of interest," Sholly said.
Kenny is the last person believed to leave the home before the fire started.
He, or anyone with information on him, is asked to call Layton dispatch at 801-497-8300.
"He may not even know the fire's occurred," Sholly said Monday night.
He did not think Kenny was currently residing in the home.
Firefighters saved a dog from the fire, Sholly said. The animal become stuck in the railing of a deck and firefighters removed the railing to free the dog, he said.
The home is considered a total loss, rendered uninhabitable, Sholly said, with damage estimated in excess of $200,000 and likely to rise as contents lost to the blaze are identified.
The home to the west of the fire was damaged as well.
"All the siding was melted off," Sholly said.
The residents of that house were not displaced by the fire.
The homeowner has been contacted and is returning from vacation.