OGDEN -- Two children are alive today after their older sibling and two neighbors saved them from a fire.
An 11-year-old boy, his 9-year-old sister and their brother Jordan, 16, were in the basement of their house, 1606 Madison Ave., when a fire started near the rear of the home about 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Jordan told his siblings to follow him up the stairs and out of the house.
"He got through, but they didn't," said Ogden Assistant Fire Chief Chad Tucker. The fire and smoke blocked their way.
Charles Wallick and Josh Conrad, who live in the neighborhood, were driving by when they heard sirens, saw what was happening and stopped to help.
Wallick, Conrad and Jordan kicked out a basement window to provide the children with an escape from the burning house.
"We couldn't just stand there," Wallick said. "It's what anybody would have done. Anybody would have just jumped in."
Jordan crawled into the basement through the now-broken window to push his siblings up so Conrad and Wallick could pull them out.
"There was so much going through my mind. Like, what if we could not get them out?" Conrad said.
They tried to keep the children calm and Wallick told the 9-year-old girl not to start crying, because "if you start crying, I'm going to cry." She was the first one out, followed quickly by her brother.
It's evident the children would have perished without the heroic rescue, Tucker said.
The children's mother, Desaray, and another sibling escaped from the house without injury.
Within minutes, Roy and Ogden firefighters arrived and started battling the blaze. It took them 25 minutes to extinguish the fire, which had spread to the attic.
The firefighters also rescued from the basement two pet dogs -- a Rottweiler hiding in the shower and a German shorthair too scared to leave its kennel. Both dogs are fine.
The fire caused an estimated $75,000 in damage, but the children's father, Ron Haviland, said the lost property does not matter.
"That (stuff) can be replaced," but his children can't, he said.
The children were taken to McKay-Dee Hospital in stable condition. They were later released and reunited with their parents.
Conrad and Wallick, their good deed done, continued with their plans to go waterskiing.
"All around, a good day," Wallick said.
The Ogden Fire Department wants to recognize the children's three rescuers for their actions, Tucker said.
The house is charred inside, but Tucker said it may be repairable.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated. Tucker said officials have ruled out arson as a cause.