HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) said a mother and her adult son reportedly escaped a house fire without injuries in Kailua on Friday, July 2.
The fire was reported at 12:19 p.m. at 343 Maluniu Ave., according to HFD.
The mother and son were alerted to the fire by the smoke and officials said the son attempted to extinguish it before safely evacuating.
Firefighters arrived at the scene around 12:24 p.m. and found heavy smoke coming from the rear of a single-story home. HFD aggressively attacked the fire and performed a search for occupants. The fire was brought under control at 12:34 and fully extinguished by 1:09 p.m., according to fire officials.
A cat was fatally injured in the fire, according to HFD, and two other felines are in critical condition as a result of the blaze.
A fire investigator is determined the fire originated in the bedroom of the rear unit. Damage is estimated at $360,000 to the building and $20,000 to its contents, HFD said.