Flames destroy Hooper home, couple escapes unharmed

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Flames destroyed a home in Hooper late Sunday night, but the couple living there escaped unharmed.

Weber Fire District Deputy Chief Paul Sullivan said that the 9:30 p.m. fire was initially thought to have begun from an over-heated pipe leading from a wood-burning stove into the attic, but that was later ruled out. The cause of the blaze remained under investigation Monday.

"Other things need to be ruled out such as electrical," Sullivan said, but noted that it was "working smoke detectors that initially alerted the family and allowed them to exit safely."

When firefighters arrived, flames and smoke were billowing from the attic of the home near 5500 West and 2500 South. Crews attempted an initial entry, but were forced to retreat and focus on containing the fire to the home.

Sullivan estimated losses in excess of $180,000.

The couple found shelter with friends and family, Sullivan said.