2 families homeless after Ogden duplex fire

Posted at 5:31 PM, Nov 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-25 01:00:42-05

OGDEN, Utah - Two Ogden families are homeless after an overnight fire spread from a carport to the duplex they were living in.

Two related families, each with two children, living in the duplex on the corner of Monroe Blvd. and 2nd Street in Ogden, woke at around 3 a.m. Saturday to find fire burning their carport. The fire spread to the home, which was destroyed.

One of the families had just moved to Ogden from out of state. They were staying with their cousins who rented the duplex while they waited to secure a lease agreement on the vacant duplex next door. All their clothing, keepsakes and valuables were in the trailer that burned along with their SUV.

"They lost everything that they own. It was in a trailer under the carport," said Ogden City Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson. "They were trying to move and get established here in Utah."

Damages are estimated at around $150,000 in structural damage and $150,000 in property damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Ogden City Fire officials say it appears to be accidental.