Fire destroys Ogden mobile home Thursday night

Oct 25 2013 - 2:13am

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A fire Thursday, Oct. 24, destroyed this mobile home in Washington Estates Mobile Home park in Ogden. No one was injured, but a dog died in the blaze.
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A fire Thursday, Oct. 24, destroyed this mobile home in Washington Estates Mobile Home park in Ogden. No one was injured, but a dog died in the blaze.
ANDREAS RIVERA/Standard-Examiner

OGDEN -- A family was left without a home Thursday night after a fire consumed their mobile home in Ogden.

The fire was reported around 6 p.m. at the Washington Estates mobile home park at 1400 North and Washington Boulevard.

Smoke was seen coming from the windows by neighbors.

Cyndi Riggs, 16, who lives across the street from the home, was one of the first people to see the fire. As she and her family returned from a trip to the store, they didn't notice anything, Riggs said, but just one minute later she came outside and saw smoke pouring from the home's windows and swamp cooler.

Another neighbor, Ernest Crawford, saw the smoke in his rear-view mirror as he was driving down the street. He and another neighbor rushed over and broke a window to spray water into the home with a garden hose, Crawford said. He said he also heard sounds and wasn't sure if they were coming from a person or an animal.

Firefighters received calls from other neighbors who claimed to have seen and heard a woman and child inside the residence at the time of the fire, Battalion Chief Corey Barton said.

The residence was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. As they began extinguishing the blaze, rescuers pried an entry into the room the woman and child were supposedly in, but no one was found there, Barton said.

After the fire was out, rescuers did not find anyone inside the home, and they learned a short time later that the family had been away at the time of the fire, Barton said. However, a small dog was found dead inside.

Firefighters had the blaze extinguished within 10 minutes of their arrival. Investigators are still determining the cause of the fire.

Damage was estimated at $35,000. The home was left uninhabitable.

Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227 or arivera@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @SE_Andreas.

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