HONOLULU (KHON2) — A family is without a home after a fire started Saturday morning in Haiku, Maui.
Ronald and Karen Soucek’s grandchildren say the couple lived at their West Kuiaha home for 31 years.
“They moved into that house in 1988 and it’s been in the family forever,” said grandchild Tyler Horras. “We all lived in that house at one point or another.”
Just before 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the home with so many memories, was fully engulfed in flames.
Tyler got a call from his grandfather shortly after.
“He smelled a fire that he thought was coming from the kitchen. He went to investigate and it was basically one of the lamps in the living room that he said he saw on fire,” Tyler explained. “He screamed ‘fire,’ went to my grandmother, woke her up, and basically told her to get out of the house.”
His grandfather was able to grab one of their six Yorkshire terriers.
“By the time they got outside he turned around, he went to go grab some more and then at that point, from my understanding, the fire was too much for him to enter the home,” his grandson said.
“It’s just kind of shocking. Everybody is just speechless. What words do you say when something you thought was a foundation in your life, the cornerstone, and now it’s just gone?” Tyler said.
One of Soucek’s other grandchildren raced to the home when she heard the news and saw firefighters putting out hot spots.
“We had a pillar in the house where we kept a growth chart throughout our lives,” said Hana Horras. “It’s just really hard thinking about everything that’s lost there now.”
The couple was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for smoke inhalation. They were Saturday afternoon.
“They’re very shaken right now,” Hana explained. “It comes in waves where they’re okay and they then they’re met with grief and the seriousness of what their life is right now.”
The Soucek’s lost everything they own just days before Christmas.
“We just haven’t had a time where we had spent Christmas in a while, and we’re really regretting it now but we’re thankful we have them, even though we lost the house,” Hana said.
The family has started a GoFundMe to help their grandparents with food, clothes and a place to stay.
A firefighter was also taken to MMMC for treatment of an ankle injury.
Red Cross is helping the displaced residents.
Fire officials say the home was completely destroyed as a result of this fire.
The total damage estimate is not available at this time.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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