WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A newspaper delivery man saved the day when he alerted a homeowner on his daily route her house was on fire after noticing smoke, fire crews said Tuesday.
The home on Rushton Park Drive was gutted by the fire that broke out around 5:15 Tuesday morning. Neighbors described hearing explosions and ran outside to see what happened.
The woman who lived at the home was unharmed.
Fire crews said the blaze began somewhere in the garage, but the cause was still unknown Tuesday morning.
Matthew Hoagland of Magna was on his usual newspaper delivery route when he said he noticed flames coming from inside the garage.
It appeared to him the woman’s SUV was on fire.
“It escalated from there,” he said. Hoagland said he’s not a fan of the limelight, but he said he is glad he was in the right place at the right time.
Hoagland said in his time as a delivery man, he has reported fires, burglaries and breakins.