WAIPAHU, Hawaii (KHON2) — The damage is extensive to a home that caught on fire in Waipahu. The roof collapsed.
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The Red Cross is assisting multiple people who lived inside.
Fortunately, everyone got out safely.
Thick black smoke could be seen for miles.
“Everybody just kept going up the hill coz the smoke kept going that way,” said Nicole fontanilla.
The fire started around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 at a home on Kahuawai Street.
Fely Songcuan was making dinner when thick smoke and flames took over her home.
“I was supposed to barbecue the fish and eggplant for dinner,” said Fely Songcuan, fire victim. “Then my neighbor is screaming like that, and they calling my name. ‘Fely, Fely! Fire!’ So I think to myself, how come get fire? Get smoke because I making the barbecue. Then after that, come out come out like that. I went downstairs and I saw the fire in the garage already.”
Songcuan wanted to save her property but there wasn’t enough time.
All she could think about was getting her mom out safely.
“I went back downstairs,” Songcuan said. “I went get my mom to come out, and then I saw my car burning already. So I supposed to save my car but of course I have to save my mom first.”
HFD says 10 people inside the home were able to get out safely.
One man had to be transported to the hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation. Fire fighters say he was trying to put out of flames with a garden hose.
“I think it started at the garage, like this car over here,” said fire victim Nathaniel Aguinaldo.
Emergency officials say three people are in stable condition: an 88-year-old man, a 62-year-old man and a 101-year-old woman.
Those who had to be evacuated say they are grateful for their neighbors.
“Pretty thankful,” said Aguinaldo. “I’m happy that the neighbors were able to help. See them trying to hose down the house. Thankful for them for letting us know there was a fire.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The cost of the damages to the home are not yet available.
Kahuanui and Kahualii streets were closed around 4:05 p.m., according to the Honolulu Police Department.
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