Two Neighbors Rescue Woman From Burning Building In Heber Valley

A woman is in critical but stable condition after a house in Wasatch County exploded in flames Friday night.

Wasatch County Fire officials report that around 7:00 pm they received an alert that a home had exploded on Lake Pines Drive at Timber Lakes development, East of Heber.  

A woman and her four children had come to the cabin to spend the weekend. When they arrived she entered the garage and noticed a gas smell. The children remained in the car while the woman went inside to discover the cause of the smell. Not long after there was an explosion. Neighbors heard the explosion and saw flames coming out of the home. Two men who lived nearby rushed to the home and heard the woman calling for help. The men went inside the burning home, with no safety gear and found the woman trapped under a beam. The men were able to lift the beam off of her and take her to safety.

The woman was treated at the scene but was unable to be flown by helicopter to a hospital due to the storm. The woman was transported to Heber Valley Hospital and later by Life Flight ground transport to Salt Lake City. The woman reportedly was suffering from burns and trauma from the collapse of the structure.

Fire fighting units arrived to find the cabin completely engulfed in flames. A winter storm with fierce winds made things more difficult for the firefighters as they battled against poor road conditions and low visibility before they were able to get the flames under control.

Crews reamined on the scene during the night.

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Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.