Residents in Waipahu on Leowaena Street fought to save their neighborhood

Published On: Sep 20 2013 06:52:48 PM HST
WAIPAHU, Hawaii -

Residents in Waipahu on Leowaena Street fought to save their neighborhood.

Black, covered in soot with the roof caved in was all that's left of the Waipahu house that caught fire Thursday afternoon. A neighbor captured the intense inferno at its worst on his home video. As the fire started people grabbed hoses, stood on their roof and did what they could as the fire department worked to keep the fire from spreading to the houses next door.

"We tried to stop it from going to the other houses because if the other houses caught I think this whole place would be up in flames," said neighbor Sean Cortez.

Cortez lives right across the street from the demolished house. He's shown in the home video standing on his car tire aiming a hose at the neighbors outdoor shack; at least five dogs were trapped inside.

"I was trying to shoot the dogs down with water finally got it open, got the dogs out," said Cortez.

The two bordering houses were also damaged. One of those homes was Eugene Moniz's. His son and mother's room were ruined. He said he's glad his elderly mom wasn't home at the time.

"What if nobody was here? What if we weren't here? She could have died! It was kind of spooky," said Moniz.

Neighbors said the house that burned down was abandoned for at least a couple weeks.

"Before there were all kinds of people, but recently it was quiet," said Moniz.

The total amount of damage from the fire is estimated to be $355,000. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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