A fire in Nuuanu Thursday morning left two residents without a home and brought rush-hour traffic to a crawl.
The fire started at around 6:45 a.m. on the 2700 block of the Pali Highway, according to fire officials.
Two lanes on the Pali Highway were shut down while firefighters battled the flames, narrowing the traffic into town to just one lane.
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within minutes, but fire officials say getting to the flames wasn't easy.
"Basically, flames coming from that heavy damaged portion of the house," said Capt. John Bowers.
Capt. John Bowers said, "Then, we had to climb over the actual gate portion of the property -- an electronic gate. So, we had to climb over that to come in."
According to fire officials, the two people who live in the home were not inside at the time the fire started.
The American Red Cross is helping them with food, shelter and clothing.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Jamie Urqhart/River Dee Trust
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