Family displaced after fire, explosion in Pleasant View home

Oct 14, 2022, 5:02 PM
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PLEASANT VIEW, Utah — A fire swept through a family’s home in Pleasant View Friday, causing nearly $500,000 in damage.

The blaze was reported at approximately 12:40 a.m. Friday at a home near 4200 North and 250 West. A neighbor had called 911 after reportedly seeing smoke and flames coming from a basement window.

Fortunately, the North View Fire Station is just a few blocks away and crews were able to respond quickly. However, what they arrived to was the interior of the home being consumed by flames.

“We believe the fire had a flashover, where it got up to a certain temperature and there was actually a pretty violent explosion that happened — a lot of broken windows and smoke and the heat went throughout the whole house,” said Deputy Fire Chief Jeremiah Jones with the North View Fire District.

Jones said some of the family was nearby and able to get their dog away from the house. Sadly, by the time the fire was knocked down, the home had suffered extensive damage – approximately $450,000 worth.

“It looks like it originated downstairs in a basement bedroom and it carried through the whole house in the stairwell and main level of the main living space, family room, kitchen,” he said.

Investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started. In the meantime, family and neighbors are rallying behind the homeowners who have been displaced from the home.

“They have a lot of family close by from what I understand, and a lot of neighbors that are concerned and want to take care of them,” Jones said. “Obviously, they’re distraught and they lost a lot of things.”

Jones said this is a reminder to everyone to make sure you’re closing your bedroom doors so that if a fire does happen in a bedroom, there is a better chance of it being contained there because the fire isn’t being fed oxygen from the rest of the house.

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