Fire: St. Louis Heights home destroyed in blaze

By Ashley Moser
Published On: Jul 20 2014 12:45:17 PM HST
Updated On: Jul 20 2014 07:07:51 PM HST

A house fire on St. Louis Heights destroyed a two story home on Pule street.

HONOLULU -

A house fire in St. Louis Heights sent a man in his 50s to the hospital with minor burns.

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Thick smoke was coming from a two-story house at the end of the cul de sac in Pule Place on Sunday morning.

Neighbors woke up to the sight, sound and smell of a blaze.

“Smelt like something was burning so I ran outside and was like, ‘Oh my God,” St. Louis Heights resident Katie Kubo said. “Huge flames everywhere.”

Fire crews arrived shortly after 7:30 a.m. to find the home engulfed with flames.

“Eight fire companies responded,” said Battalion Chief Geoffrey Chang of the Honolulu Fire Department. "The first company on the scene was from McCully and they reported the two-story house was fully involved in flames.”

Neighbors said fire crews fought the blaze from every angle.

“They went to my neighbor’s house over there and they went to my other neighbor’s house over there, and they went to their pool, and they were shooting up and over,” Kubo said.

Change said no other houses sustained damage.

“We had our trucks stationed around to protect those exposures,” he said.

Chang said the surrounding homes  weren't the only things blocking their way.

Fire officials believe the man living at the residence ran an auto shop from his carport.  

Vehicles and car parts lined the entrance to the home, making it difficult for firefighters to fight the blaze.

“There’s a lot of asselin bottles, oxygen bottles and car parts we had to work around,” Change said.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine what caused the blaze.

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