Herriman family loses home to fire; juvenile arrested

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HERRIMAN, Utah (News4Utah) –  The Howland family survived one of California’s major earthquakes in 1994.

Denise Howland said their home suffered structural damage from the Northridge California earthquake which had a magnitude of 6.7. 

But Saturday, another disaster struck the Howland family.  Again the home they were living in was destroyed.  But this time it’s believed to be man-caused.

Their home was a total loss.  Monday, Howland met with insurance adjusters to go over the damages. 
Only the foundation remained, everything else was completely destroyed.

“It’s a home, our home,” she said.  “We’ve lived here for about 11-years.  I have no words.  I’m still in shock.”

Howland and her daughter ran an errand Saturday when the fire broke out.  Her husband and son were at the home.

“He got up and saw this huge smoke coming towards them,” Howland said.  “He grabbed my son and got out of the house.” 

She could only watch from a distance when it caught fire.

“I knew it was gone and the next thing I knew, the flames were in my children’s windows and the winds were blowing,” Howland said.  “It was gone, everything was gone.”

Authorities said winds reached speeds of 50 miles an hour and the fire moved quickly, burning at least one hundred acres.
But the wind moved in different directions and approached several homes.  The fire somehow skipped over the homes, including Pamela Maisano’s.

She was with Denise Howland watching the fire.

“I was relieved but saddened very heartbroken,” Maisano said.  “I was with her by the gate watching her house burn down.”

Authorities said the juvenile was arrested and is currently in juvenile detention.  Because of his age, it’s unknown what kind of charges he was booked for.

But Howland said the juvenile didn’t make a mistake.  She said he knows better that fireworks are prohibited in the area.

“I really hope and pray that somebody out there, a kid, a child who wants to play with fireworks, please think about this day,” said.  “Think about the homes that have been lost.”

Monday afternoon as the Howlands sifted through the rubble they received another blow.  Someone rummaged through their belongs and stole items.

“I can’t believe this,” she said.  “Who would do such a thing.”

Friends of set up a gofundme account to help the Howlands.

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