HONOLULU (KHON2) — Residents on Kawailoa Road were shocked after hearing explosions and seeing a large ball of flames around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Fire crews arrived at 5:08 p.m. and found a home located across Kailua Beach Park engulfed in fire. Witnesses described 30-foot high flames at the scene.
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“I heard my neighbor asking for my dad, come outside i just saw smoke coming out just here and some flames coming out and within a matter of minutes the whole thing was up,” long-time neighbor Keola Wilson said.
Another witness said he saw someone in a wheelchair trying to get out of the home. The man and a lifeguard rushed to get the person across the street to safety.
Emergency Medical Services reported a 4-year-old boy suffered minor injuries and is in stable condition. His guardians refused transport. Seven occupants were home at the time and were able to exit the structure.
“I couldn’t really do anything to help out even though I wanted to try to help out my neighbors, do what I can,” Wilson said.
Neighbors reported hearing explosions from as far away as Kailua Beach. One witness said he and a lifeguard helped a man in a wheelchair exit the home.
Firefighters had the blaze under control at 5:59 pm.
Kawailoa Road was reopened to traffic just before 7:00 pm.
The are no damage estimates as of Tuesday evening and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.