Honolulu firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at 8:25 a.m. Monday in Makaha.
Upon arrival, crews found a one-story single-family house on Jade Street fully engulfed in flames with the fire spreading to a second home.
“The first company immediately saw the electrical lines so we kept our trucks on either side of it,” said battalion chief Paul Miguel with the Honolulu Fire Department. “We have to assume that anytime there’s a fire that the connection near the house breaks that line. So we’re also assuming the line is live coming off the pole and we have to make that assumption for safety reasons.”
The fire was brought under control at 9:10 a.m. and was fully extinguished by 11:45 a.m.
A woman and her child were home at the time. Officials say they were able to escape uninjured.
The second home was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
The fire’s origin and cause are under investigation. Damage to both properties have been estimated at $220,000 apiece for a total of $440,000 property loss for both structures and their contents.
Both homes were heavily damaged and are considered to be a total loss.
Ten people were displaced as a result, one family consisting of four adults and two children, and a second of two adults and two children.
The American Red Cross has been dispatched to assist them. No injuries were reported.