SANDY (News4Utah) – A terrifying morning for a Sandy man who discovered his house was on fire Sunday.
Chief Eric Larson said the call came in at 3:11 a.m. in the area of 8900 South 400 East.
The only resident who was home said he was awake at the time of the fire and thought someone was trying to break into his home. Instead, he said it was the sound of the fire cracking.
“When he got up out of his bedroom, he saw a large amount of fire and decided he wasn’t going to be able to make it to the front door,” said Chief Eric Larson with Sandy City Fire Department. “He bailed out of the bedroom window and already, the fire was well-involved from the garage into the house.”
Chief Larson said the resident escaped with no injuries, but the house is a total loss.
“If he had a working smoke detector, it wouldn’t have been such a close call and he would have had ample time to get out safely in his house,” said Chief Larson.
Rachel Otteson, a family friend, came to check up on the residents Sunday afternoon.
“It breaks my heart. We’ve all been hanging out here. We’ve all been really close to them and we would just have a good time and enjoy each other’s company. We would get into deep conversations like I was at home here,” said Otteson. “At the end of the day, all that matters is that Wayne and Teresa (the residents) are alive and that they’re safe and that there’s no damage to them.”
Firefighters said it took approximately one hour to extinguish the fire. The estimated cost of damages is $250,000.
Chief Larson said they are looking into a kerosene heater that was in the garage, but said the cause still remains under investigation.