The residents didn't realize their house was on fire until firefighters kicked in the front door.
"Once I saw the hose running across the floor by my feet and smelled the smoke, I knew what was going on," said the home's owner, who didn't want to be identified.The couple who live in the house, 8550 W. 2665 South, escaped without injury. The two were asleep when the blaze started about 9 p.m. Monday, and that's why they didn't notice their house was burning.
A neighbor saw flames burning up to the attic at the back of the house and called 911, said Brent Speirs, a battalion chief with the Salt Lake County Fire Department.
Firefighters doused the flames about 20 minutes after getting the call.
The blaze caused about $15,000 in damage and forced the residents to relocate until the house is repaired. They plan to stay with friends and church leaders.
Investigators believe the fire was caused by ashes from a wood-burning stove in the house, Speirs said. The residents cleaned the stove and set the ashes near the back door, where the fire started. The ashes were still hot when they were set outside.