LOCAL NEWS

Neighbors Being Called Heroes After Cabin Explosion

Feb 16, 2019, 7:43 PM | Updated: 7:45 pm

Timber Lakes, Wasatch County – Even in places that could pass as post cards, ugly things do happen.

“It was terrifying,” said Mary Hammond.

She was with her husband, Nate, at their Timber Lakes home in Wasatch County, when they heard something.

“Sometimes we get snow build up on the roof, and when it drops, it rumbles the house. And we kind of thought that’s what it was and we looked outside and that’s when we noticed their house was engulfed in flames,” she said.

She called 911.

Her husband ran outside to help.

“He could hear her screaming and he knew he needed to get in there,” said Hammond.

Two other neighbors, Eric Staton and Mark Pierce, also went in to help after hearing the explosion.

“I couldn’t believe the debris,” said Pierce. “The windows were shattered and there was sheet rock everywhere.”

When Pierce got there, he saw children by a car in the driveway.

“The kids were coming out and just saying ‘my mom is in there.” They thought she was dead,” said Pierce.

It turns out, the woman screaming for help was their mother.

She had told her children to stay in the car because she smelled gas inside the house when they arrived.

She was inside when the explosion happened.

As Mary Hammond watched from her deck, she started taking cell phone video of the house.

She was worried about her husband and it felt like they were in there forever.

“He was in there a long time,” she said. “I thought there’s no way that they were recovering anyone or anything.”

It took a while because the woman was trapped on the floor.

“She had a couch or a big beam or something across her,” said Pierce.

The three men were able to pull her out.

In Hammond’s cell phone video, you can see them pulling her out into the snow just before the cabin collapsed.

“I think, literally, it was in the nick of time. There were flames right there,” said Pierce. “Honestly, if we wouldn’t have been there, the fire department, they wouldn’t have been able to get to her in time. Because she had debris on her and she was down in the basement.”

We asked Pierce why he went in there knowing he was risking his life.

“I don’t know,” he said as his eyes started to fill with tears. “I mean, I would like to think somebody would try to save my wife, so.”

The cabin is a total loss, but the woman is alive.

She was in surgery at a burn unit and had to be placed in a medical coma.

She was listed in critical, but stable, condition when crews brought her in.

All thanks to neighbors who decided to do something.

“I’m just glad she’s alive,” said Pierce.

The Wasatch County Fire Marshal and fire crews were back at the house Saturday afternoon trying to determine exactly what caused the explosion.

Mark Pierce Mary Hammond Nate Hammond Cabin total loss Cabin explosion Cabin Smoke Cabin site Debris Fire investigators
KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Keith Jensen's Christmas home lit up by all the festive lights. (KSL-TV)...
Michael Locklear

Millcreek man lights up neighborhood with the face of Santa

Millcreek man is spreading Christmas cheer through tens of thousands of lights all around his home.
1 day ago
FILE PHOTO: The Chickadee lift is pictured at Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Thursday, Oct...
Michael Houck

Avalanche triggered at Snowbird resort, no injuries reported

Rescue crews responded to the Snowbird Ski Resort after an avalanche was triggered on a trail. 
1 day ago
FILE PHOTO (Lehi Police Department/Facebook)...
Michael Houck

Lehi building placed on ‘lock down’ after reports of man with a gun

A misunderstanding caused a building to be placed in "lock down" after reports of a man with a gun Tuesday.
1 day ago
handcuffs...
Pat Reavy, KSL.com

Price man arrested in woman’s 2019 death now being called a murder

A Price man has been arrested for investigation of murder in connection with the shooting death of a woman in 2019 in Carbon County that was once considered an accidental shooting.
1 day ago
A Ute Football mini helmet at the U of U official store. (KSL-TV)...
Shelby Lofton

‘It was a dream come true;’ Utah football fans hyped up for another Rose Bowl

Utah football fans are making plans for the Rose Bowl after winning the PAC-12 championship game Friday night.
1 day ago
The former Utah man and pilot, Dan Ragan....
KSL TV

Utah resident remembers pilot killed in Dallas Air Show crash

The former Utah man who tragically passed away in a deadly air show crash in Texas is being remembered by neighbors and friends. 
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Neighbors Being Called Heroes After Cabin Explosion