NORTH OGDEN -- A North Ogden couple made a daring escape early Saturday morning from their upstairs bedroom after their massive home caught fire.
Firefighters from four agencies spent most of Saturday extinguishing the blaze that destroyed the home at 282 E. Lomond View Drive and caused more than $1 million in damage.
The fire was reported at 4:35 a.m. Saturday, said Dave Wade, deputy fire chief of the Northview Fire Department.
Wade Hurd told a Standard-Examiner
photographer at the scene he owns the home.
The fire originated in the basement, spread into the walls and then quickly moved into the ceiling, Wade said. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. No one was injured.
"It got a good head start before the home-owner was woken up," Wade said.
Neighbors said Hurd told them he and his wife jumped out of their bedroom window to escape and that friends went to Walmart to buy them clothes because they weren't able to grab anything.
Hurd awoke in an upstairs bedroom, opened a door and spotted smoke, Wade said.
Hurd and his wife, who was not identified, then crawled out of a window and inched their way about 50 feet along the edge of the roof.
Hurd jumped from the roof onto a small dirt berm, then used a ladder to get his wife down from the roof.
The escape is remarkable because Hurd was nursing an injury unrelated to the fire, Wade said.
"He was also on crutches from an accident, which makes this a compelling story," he said.
Hurd said at the scene Saturday that he is trying to take the fire in stride.
"I'm trying to joke so I don't start crying but, boy, this is hard to watch it burn," he said. "You want them (firefighters) to go in and put it out but you don't want them to get hurt."
Hurd said he built a lot of the house himself and that it was full of antiques and "so many things you can't replace."
Neighbors recalled the house was a popular spot and lots of parties were held there. The house had an indoor pool and Boy Scouts would come there to get their swimming certificate, said neighbors.
The house had several additions which along with winds made it difficult to extinguish the fire, said Dave Wade.
"There are so many voids in the house (from the additions) that (the fire) got rolling and it was hard to isolate it," he said.
A backhoe was used by firefighters to get to hot spots. Access was also difficult because of numerous trees surrounding the house, said Dave Wade.
Damages to the house and its contents are estimated at more than $1 million said Dave Wade. Twenty firefighters from the Northview, Ogden, Weber and Plain City fire departments responded.
Standard-Examiner photographer Erin Hooley contributed to this story.