Logan City Police are investigating a house fire and a subsequent death near 200 South and 60 East.
According to a statement released Friday morning, police are investigating the incident in coordination with the Utah State Fire Marshal’s office. At least one person, according to police, died as a result of the blaze.
“200 South between Main Street and 100 East, Logan will be closed until further notice as the investigation continues,” police wrote. Investigators were seen working at the scene several hours later.
The fire was initially found around 5 a.m. Friday.
Karrie Hunt, the niece of Boe Dean Cazier, told The Herald Journal her uncle died in the fire. Though the investigation is ongoing and official details are limited, Hunt said a patrolman first saw the flames and the cause of the fire is still unknown.
Hunt became aware of the fire via social media post — she was the first of her family on the scene.
“It was shocking,” Hunt said.
Hunt said her uncle — an avid animal lover — was living in the home with his dog, Portier. Hunt said the dog was Cazier’s family.
“That was one of our concerns,” Hunt said, upon learning of the fire. “What happened to Portier?”
They located the dog via another social media post. According to Hunt, Portier had escaped the fire but had been struck by a car shortly thereafter. Hunt said Portier was transported to a veterinarian’s office to attend to his hip.
“Once we’re able to pay for Portier, we’ll be bringing him home,” Hunt said.
The family is accepting donations both for Cazier’s funeral costs and Portier’s vet bills. Those who desire to donate can do so via Venmo with the username @evette-hunt.
“Boe was the stranger that came to you on a day when you really needed it,” Hunt said. “He had a way of sensing when you needed a laugh, and was always so quick to offer one of his jokes. … He just wanted people to laugh — growing up he always had a joke for us and he always had some kind of story.”
Police did not immediately respond to request for further comment Friday.