Ogden Fire Investigating 2 Brush Fires in 2 Days

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OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Ogden City Fire Department is looking into two suspicious fires that were set in the area of 18th and Harrison Boulevard. 
 
Both fires happened within 25 hours of each other and were blocks apart and are believed to be human caused.
 
Firefighters said Monday mornings fire began just after 4 a.m.
 
The smell of smoke in the air woke one mother from a deep sleep.
 
Her daughter, Atziry Melgoza said the family evacuated immediately. 
 
“They told us to get out. They didn’t let us back in,” she said.
 
Firefighters would soon be knocking on the doors of others who live off Vanburen Avenue. 
 
For a good 20 minutes firefighters worked on knocking the fire down that was approaching the Melgoza family home before the family would be let back in.
 
“It is scary to know I could lose all my stuff, lose my pets, lose everything I have inside my house,” said Melgoza. 
 
Ogden Canyon winds pushed the fire west and up the hillside behind her home. 
 
“I think it was crazy to know that other kids were living it yesterday and I’m living it today and I never thought I would,” she would add. 
 
The fire was only blocks away from a Sunday fire believed to have started around 3 a.m. 
 
Deputy Chief Eric Bauman with the Ogden City Fire Department said, “We did have a fire last night in a similar area about a block to the east of this. Also calling that human caused and suspicious.”
 
Investigators believe 34 acres have burned along Ogden River Parkway and because the fires are suspicious, The Fire Marshal will be working with Ogden City Fire Investigators.
 
If you saw anything suspicious in the Ogden River Parkway area around 3-4 a.m.  you are asked to call the Ogden Fire Department at 801.629.8221.

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