CLINTON -- A man who left his house after breakfast to enjoy the Clinton Heritage Days festivities on Saturday returned to find the house on fire.
Fire engines from Clinton, Sunset, Syracuse and North Davis Fire District, as well as an ambulance from Roy, responded to the call at 11:35 a.m.
"The kitchen is at a loss," said Clinton Fire Chief Jason Poulsen. "There is major smoke damage throughout the upper part of the house."
Poulsen estimated that there is $75,000 damage to the house at 2912 W. 2175 North, but said it could have been much worse.
"Our guys made a quick knockdown and prevented the fire from getting into the attic space," Poulsen said.
Poulsen said that the homeowners made scones for breakfast Saturday morning before leaving the house. When they left, the oven was still on.
One of the homeowners returned 11âÑ2 hours later and there was a thick, black smoke that hung throughout the kitchen. Poulsen said that was the perfect backdraft condition.
"He opened the door and introduced oxygen and immediately the kitchen walls caught on fire," Poulsen said.
The man tried to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, but it did not work so he called 911.
The family will be out of the home for an unknown amount of time.