Alpine family remodeling home when fire started

Posted at 5:40 PM, Aug 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-12 19:40:19-04

ALPINE -- The Beck family was about a month into a home remodel when a fire damaged their Alpine home Monday morning.

It was just after midnight when Randy Beck and his wife Terry heard a crackling coming from the ceiling. When Terry Beck went to check it out she saw flames shooting out of the attic.

As smoke began filling the house, the Becks grabbed their three adult children, all of who have special needs.

Everyone got out safely.

The family ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911. Lone Peak Firefighters encountered heavy smoke when they arrived at the home, located at 32 W. Strong Lane.

“One of the firefighters said as he drove up it was a whiteout,” Randy Beck said. “He couldn't even see the house. There was so much smoke.”

Fire crews traced the origin of the fire to the attic and it was extinguished within minutes.

Attic fires are notorious for being a little difficult to work especially when there are overbuilds on top of roofs, said Joseph McRae, Lone Peak Battalion Chief.

While there were no injuries, Randy Beck said, his youngest son is upset.

“He has his space, things he likes, so not being able to go home is going to be a challenge,” Randy Beck said.

Neighbors have offered food and clothing to the displaced family. The Becks are currently staying with relatives until they can return home, which could take weeks.