OGDEN -- A massive fire has left Stefan and Terri Scriven without a home, but the two are just relieved to still have their beloved dogs.
The Scrivens' Ogden apartment, 280 31st St., erupted into flames around 9 a.m. Saturday while the couple was visiting another area apartment that they will be moving into soon.
When the couple returned home a short time later, they found the Ogden Fire Department trying to knock down large flames pouring out of their living room window.
As he arrived at the scene and saw his apartment engulfed in flames, Stefan Scriven immediately tried to run into his home to save two adult pit bulls and their six newborn pups, who were trapped inside the burning building.
"When I got home and saw the fire, I knew my dogs were inside, and I tried to rush in there and get them out," Scriven said. "But one of the firemen grabbed me and told me to stay outside because it wasn't worth losing my life. I thought for sure we would lose those dogs."
But thanks to the Ogden fire crew, Scrivens said, his dogs are safe.
"When I told them my dogs were in there, they went in and pulled all of them out," Scrivens said. "We're so thankful because those dogs are our babies. They're a part of our family."
Ogden Battalion Chief Hal Van Meeteren said the Scrivens' neighbors, Bam Bam and Rhonda Hutchinson and their son Chase were the first to see the fire and call 911.
"My son noticed the fire and then called his mom and then she called 911," Bam Bam Hutchinson said. "It was scary. I was asleep, and then, the next thing I know, the apartment next to us is just in flames. It wasn't a very nice way to wake up."
Van Meeteren said when the fire department arrived, flames had already shattered a large window at the front of the home.
The blaze was mostly contained to the apartment's living room area. The cause is still under investigation.
Van Meeteren estimated damage to be about $10,000.
Scrivens said he has no idea how the fire could have started.
"All we had in there was a fish tank and a brand-new computer," he said. "I think the wiring must be bad or something. I don't know how this could have happened."
The apartment is part of a triplex owned by Paradigm Real Estate, an Ogden-area property management company.
The complex went up in flames last summer as well, with the fire starting at the Hutchinson's home.
"We had this same exact thing happen to our neighbors last year," Stefan Scrivens said. "Paradigm needs to come in here and inspect this place. Somebody is going to die in here."
The Scrivens' apartment is unlivable for the time being, and as of Saturday afternoon, the couple was working with the Red Cross to find a temporary place to stay until they can move into their new apartment at the beginning of next month.
"We don't have anywhere to go," Terri Scrivens said. "But at least we have all of our dogs."