House fire leaves Kauai family homeless

Published On: Nov 11 2013 09:00:00 PM HST
ANAHOLA, Hawaii -

A Kauai family is homeless after Monday morning blaze in Anahola.

Firefighters responded shortly after 5 a.m. and found nearly half of a house on Kawelo Street in flames. A family of six, including four children, lived inside the home. Gwendalynn Ruiz was lucky that none of her children were injured, but she's still in shock after what she saw.

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“I heard my brother frantically yelling. I opened up my door and I saw flames coming from the side of my house,” said Ruiz. “I just ran back into my house, told my husband, [and] grabbed my kids.”

The Red Cross is helping the family.

A man in his 20s was taken to Wilcox Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and was later released.

Investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started. Kauai fire officials estimate the damage at $210,000.


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