OGDEN (ABC4 News) – Residents rushed to help out one of their neighbors after his house caught on fire early Monday morning.
The fire happened at 4821 Van Buren Avenue.
“I woke up and I started driving out of the cul-de-sac here; I noticed in the swamp cooler just a little amount of smoke coming out of there. And I was like, ‘that doesn’t look right,'” says next-door neighbor Eric Wimmer.
He says by the time he called 911 the fire spread.
“Right away I knocked on the door, rang the doorbell a hundred times making sure nobody was home, apparently they were out.”
That’s when more neighbors started to show up.
Wimmer says, “One of the neighbors around the corner came up and said, ‘Hey that house is on fire.’ They could see the flames from the backside of the house, I couldn’t see them on this side.
The man who lives in the house was working the third shift. Inside his home were two cats and a dog.
Ogden Fire found one of the cats and says the dog was found out back of the home, but one of the cats was trapped in the basement until firefighters could reunite him with his owner.
“He is a sweet cat. I was worried,” says Zoe Follum. “They got the other cat and dog out but they didn’t find him, and he is my baby so I’m glad that they did.”
Fire investigators will be looking into what caused the fire. One battalion chief tells ABC4 News the home is uninhabitable until it is remodeled.