ROY -- A devastating house fire with flames up to two stories high caused serious injuries and destroyed a home near 4000 South and 2025 West Saturday night.
Roy fire and police departments responded to a house fire about 6:30 p.m. and fought flames for more than an hour as the fire threatened to engulf the homes on both sides.
The elderly woman and her son who lived at the house were evacuated, police said. The man was flown to the University of Utah hospital to treat 2nd and 3rd degree burns. His condition is stable, police said.
An officer was also treated for smoke inhalation and singed hair after rushing into the home and rescuing a resident from heavy smoke and flames.
Officers declined to speculate on the dollar amount of damage, but the home is a total loss, according to Roy Fire Department Chief Jason Poulsen.
Poulsen said fire departments from Ogden, Riverdale, Clinton, Sunset and Weber County came to assist Roy's firefighters. He said without the coordinated effort of his fire captains and the other agencies, the fire may have been fatal and spread to other homes.
"We're pretty fortunate nobody died," Poulsen said. "This fire had every possibility of being fatal."
Poulsen said no cause for the fire has been determined.
Doug Mendrink arrived on-scene to inquire about his elderly mother and his daughter, both of whom were in the home next door and asked to stay inside rather than evacuate because of live ammunition in the fire.
"They were told they're safer that way," Mendrink said, adding he was growing nervous before the fire was put under control at about 8 p.m. "It was only black smoke when I got here, but it turned to flames."
Carlos Uribe was having dinner with his parents one block away when he noticed a bright light outside the window. When he saw the home on fire, he realized his friend Leah Morenos lives directly behind the home. He immediately called Morenos, who was away from home shopping, and went outside to view the scene.
"It happened out of nowhere," Uribe said. "It's pretty scary news, especially over the phone."