Herriman family saved from house fire by off-duty firefighter, his wife

Jan 21, 2022, 10:22 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 4:25 pm

HERRIMAN, Utah — No matter where she goes, Michelle Olson is always on time. Except for last Thursday as she was rushing to get her son to practice.

“That was my first time being late,” she said. “I was four minutes late and I’m never late.”

Those four minutes, though, put her right outside a Herriman house where she thought she saw smoke.

“I drove two houses past, and I just had this strongest feeling that I needed to turn around,” she said.

Olson called her husband, who is a Murray firefighter, called 911, and then ran to the front door.

“As I’m ringing the doorbell, nobody answered, so I just barge in the door,” she said. “I see a man at the top of the stairs just stare at me and I yelled, ‘I think your garage is on fire!'”

Michelle Olson’s husband was just down the road, and when he showed up, because of his firefighting background, started opening fire hydrants for when crews arrived.

“Humbly, I say that I did what any other firefighter would have done in those shoes at that moment,” Stephen Olson said.

Unified Fire Authority firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to the rest of the house.

As for the family, who didn’t even know a fire was burning, they all got out safely.

“And then to find out we are cousins really blew my mind,” Stephen said.

The two families share the same last name, and after going through some records, it hit them.

“We really were placed, and the timing was right so we can make an impact for our own relatives,” Stephen said.

Those four minutes have turned into a lifelong bond in a way both families say is surreal.

“It was just a divine power. It was a miracle,” Michelle said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Presenters at the Health Relationship Youth Summit asking for final questions. (KSL-TV's Mark Less)...
Alex Cabrero

Utah teens learn more about healthy relationships at youth summit

Teenagers gathered at a Healthy Relationship Youth Summit to learn more about the signs of unhealthy relationships and be able to identify them.
18 hours ago
snow covered bowl in Utah mountains...
Michael Houck

Woman hit by snowmobile while tubing near Peter Sinks

First responders treated a woman hit by a snowmobile while tubing near the Peter Sinks area Saturday afternoon.
18 hours ago
For 29 years, Mike Skogerboe has been to nearly every girls and boys basketball game, and nearly ev...
Mike Anderson

Fremont High School helps support their superfan

Students and teachers at Fremont High School teamed up to help out their superfan who rarely misses a game.
18 hours ago
Charles Alires, 34, was stabbed to death Thursday afternoon on Main Street in Salt Lake City. (KSL...
Brooke Williams

One SLC stabbing suspect in custody, police searching for another

Police are asking the public for help in the search for a second suspect in a fatal stabbing.
18 hours ago
Man accused of exposing himself at Utah store...
Shara Park

Man accused of exposing himself to underage girls at Utah store

The owner of Rad Swim in Highland is warning Utah families after she says a man exposed himself to her associate and several young girls in her store Monday evening.
2 days ago
High school teammates play in Super Bowl...
Ayanna Likens

2 former Stansbury High School teammates to faceoff in the Super Bowl

Two former Stansbury High School football teammates will face each other as rivals in the Super Bowl.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
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.
Herriman family saved from house fire by off-duty firefighter, his wife