Kaimuki house fire leaves two homeless

Published On: Jun 23 2013 08:44:00 PM HST

Two people were left without a home after a Sunday afternoon fire heavily damaged their Kaimuki house.

The fire broke out just before 6 p.m. on Kaimuki Avenue near Kapahulu Boulevard. Within minutes of the fire igniting, smoke was visible for miles.

Lauren Payne has lived across the street from the wooden, one-story home for three years. She says it was her nose that alerted her to the blaze.

"First I smelled it and I came out and there was a little bit of flames." Payne said. "I came back and the entire roof was on fire. By then the fire trucks were there already."

Officials say the fire started in the back corner of the  3-bedroom home and quickly spread.

The flames also damaged a car but did not do damage to neighboring homes thanks to the quick action by 40 firefighters from ten different companies.

"As fire crews arrived on the scene they did a real quick attack and were able to knock down the fire," said Capt. Chris Ah Mook Sang of the Honolulu Fire Department.

There were two people who lived in the home -- a man in his 40s and his mother.

The woman was not home at the time of the fire.  Her son was able to get out unharmed.

Video of the thick black smoke and raging flames were captured by many area residents.


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