Crews extinguish 2-alarm fire that engulfed Palolo Valley home

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Firefighters rushed to a two-alarm fire in Palolo Valley Thursday.

The alarm came in at 1:03 p.m. from a single-story home on 9th Avenue. Ten units staffed with 39 personnel responded.

Smoke could be seen as far away as Waikiki. Witnesses say the scene was terrifying.

“As soon as we came outside, we saw black and gray smoke everywhere,” said Lukela Hicks. “It was burning my eyes and making me cough.”

“We went around to our parking pad and could see from 9th Avenue a lot of black smoke. We could see flames, and it was really scary because our houses are all so close together here,” said Jo Malmstrom-Okita.

Emergency Medical Services treated a man at the scene and took him to a trauma center. No other injuries were reported.

Witnesses say the owner of the home also had two dogs. Fire officials say no pets were found inside the house when firefighters did an initial sweep.

The fire was declared under control at 1:22 p.m. and fully extinguished by 2:21 p.m.

Fire investigators completed their investigation and have classified the case as undermined. Fire damage is estimated at $375,000.

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