OGDEN -- A man is without his home and his pets after a house fire Tuesday evening.
Around 6:40 p.m., Weber Area Consolidated Dispatch got a call about a house fire that was right across the street from their building.
A home at 2161 Lincoln Ave., on the west side of the street, was on fire. The Ogden Public Safety Building is on the east side of that block.
Ogden firefighters quickly arrived at the house and had the fire out within a few minutes, said Deputy Chief Chad Tucker. Even so, at least the front room and porch were completely burned.
One man, the only resident, told firefighters that the sound of his smoke alarm going off woke him up, Tucker said. He ran outside before smoke or flames could injure him.
Once the fire was out and firefighters could start inspecting the damage, they found that two of the man's cats had died.
But the night was not a total loss for the resident. He asked the firefighters if he could have any of his guitars. An officer and a firefighter brought out two burned guitars, one of which the man kept.
Losing so much to a fire is hard, and if something has sentimental value and would bring some comfort, Tucker said, firefighters like to see the resident keep it if possible.
The home is no longer habitable, so with his guitar in hand, the resident left to stay with friends and family.
Tucker estimated the damage to the home to be about $60,000.
A fire marshal will be out to inspect the home and determine what caused the fire. As of Tuesday evening, firefighters did not know how the fire started.
Neighbors who live south of the house have a surveillance camera that faces the home, but the footage only shows the man running out to escape the fire, Tucker said.
The house that burned is between a house and an apartment building, but the fire never spread to surrounding trees and no other structure was threatened, Tucker said.