Woman dies of injuries from Kalihi fire

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The woman who suffered severe burns in a fire in Kalihi last week has died.

Adela Bumanglag, 75, suffered critical injuries when the fire broke out at the duplex on Haumana Place and Owene Lane on July 5.

Now, the family is looking for answers.

The fire displaced 21 people.

Honolulu Fire Department said 17 people lived in the Owene address, 14 were home at the time, and four lived in the Haumana address, two were home at the time of the fire.

Everyone was able to escape the fire safely except 75-year-old Adela Bumanglag, who lived in the Haumana side of the duplex.

Witnesses and HFD heard screams coming from her room.

HFD was able to locate Bumanglag and take her to the hospital, however, she had suffered burns to her torso and face.

Bumanglag’s family flew in from the mainland to be with her. Her sister Lori tells KHON2 her sister passed away on Thursday, July 11. 

Memories, photos, paintings, and important records were unable to be saved from the fire.

Bumanglag’s roommate was home at the time of the fire and made it out safely.

Her family now wants answers after HFD concluded the fire was undetermined due to lack of specific evidence, meaning they couldn’t point at a specific source.

However, fire investigators did determine the fire started on the Owene side of the property.

Lori Sacramento, Adela’s sister, says her family hasn’t seen or spoken to the neighboring owners since the fire.

“Everyone keeps saying ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry,’ Sorry for what? If it’s your family, wouldn’t you do something about it? Sacramento said.

“I’m anxious to know what happened, what’s going to be done next so that we can move forward.”

The family says an autopsy has been requested by officials.

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