Two people are dead after their home caught fire Friday morning in Pacific Palisades.
The three-alarm fire broke out on Amoomoo Street at around 2:48 a.m.
By the time firefighters arrived, the single-story home was engulfed in flames.
Twelve units with 43 firefighters battled the blaze.
When the fire was fully extinguished at 5:42 a.m., the entire home was destroyed.
Two bodies were found inside. Honolulu police and the medical examiner are investigating.
A woman in her 30s was treated and transported to the hospital by Emergency Medical Services.
Residents are still in shock. They say the fire was terrifying and the passing of their neighbors is unimaginable.
Sharon Tominaga lives across the street. “It’s so horrific,” she said. “I can’t even imagine.”
She’s still reeling from watching her neighbor’s house consumed by flames.
“What woke me was the popping,” Tominaga said. “And I actually, I thought it was gun fire and when I heard this like, you know, machine gun fire, when I heard that, I got really scared and that’s why I jumped out of bed.”
An item from her neighbor’s home exploded and shot into her garage.
“You see that spot there,” Tominaga said as she pointed to a black dent in her garage. “The propane tank hit that, ricocheted off the wall, and fell inside.”
The propane tank was black and twisted, laying behind a dog gate in her garage.
The heat from the fire was so intense that it blew her neighbor’s mailbox 30 feet across the street to Tominaga’s front yard.
The home next door was also damaged by the fire.
Joey Samante said he was asleep in his room when something made him wake up.
The cause of the fire is still undetermined.
Capt. Scot Seguirant, Honolulu Fire Department, said the home did have a smoke alarm, but fire officials cannot confirm whether it was a working smoke alarm.
“Statistics show that having a working smoke alarm in your home will increase your chances of survival more than 50 percent,” Seguirant said.
Other fire safety tips: Have an escape plan and practice it. Once you’re out, stay out. Don’t try to go back for a loved one. Don’t overload plugs with too many cords and appliances.
Damage to the initial structure is estimated at $278,000, and an additional $139,000 to its contents.
HECO was notified and arrived on scene to secure a downed power line on the left side the property.