HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Fire Department responded to a two-story house fire call early Monday morning, on Booth Road in Pauoa Valley.

The incident happened around 2:21 a.m. on June 6. Honolulu firefighters arrived on the scene at around 2:23 a.m.

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Neighbors said they saw white flashes from sparks during Monday’s early morning house fire in Pauoa that left two people dead, and one man injured.

Joe Alves, a neighbor came out of his home when the fire trucks arrived. But Alves said he work up when he heard a couple of explosion noises.

According to HFD, firefighters deployed hoses to protect neighboring homes.

“We were watching the wires were popping. The electric wires and heavy smoke smell. It was mostly going up in the air and you could see it quite thick over there,” Alves said.

Honolulu Fire Department Captain Ricardo Yost said firefighters encountered downed power lines in front of the home’s main entrance. Crews used ladders to enter through the sides and back of the home.

Firefighters encountered the two victims inside the home.

One victim, a 77-year-old man was able to escape the fire. The 77-year-old man was taken to the nearest hospital in serious condition. He suffered from burns to his right arm and both legs.

Honolulu police have started an unattended death investigation as part of the house fire after a 77-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man were found inside the home.

“Typically for a home like this, it’s actually pretty common for the power lines to come down just cause of the way it comes off from the power poles. I can’t say that for sure but it’s pretty common,” said HFD Fire Captain Ricardo Yost.

“The HFD is a lifesaving organization, so when we come across something like this, it’s almost like, we weren’t able to get here in time to save them,” Yost said. “However, there are all these circumstances that take place that’s out of our control.”

“So we take it to heart that we’re not able to save these people. But at all cost, that’s what we really really try to do every time we come to something like this.”


He said this was also a possible hoarder situation.

Yost said, “It’s actually pretty bad in there. It’s got a lot of. Got a lot of items inside of that home.”

Neighbors tell KHON 2 News that they hardly saw the elderly residents.

Some said they sometimes saw the woman picking up the mail. But even those who did not know them, like Terry Lithicum, are feeling for the loss.

Lithicum said, “We just had a fire three years ago, and so I feel really bad for them. So I thought I’d just bring something for them.”

Lithicum said her brother lost his girlfriend after a house fire in 2019, not far from Monday’s incident.

Lithicum said, “We finally rebuild, but this is devastating.”

Hawaiian Electric said HFD requested their assistance Monday morning, and said it appears the fire brought down electric service lines to the home and a neighboring property. A HECO trouble man de-energized a transformer to safely remove the downed lines, and crews returned later to make repairs.

HFD said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

There is no estimation of damage at this time.

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The Honolulu Fire Department is investigating.