Fire officials wrap up Nuuanu house fire investigation

$253,000 in damage reported.

Fire officials wrap up Nuuanu house fire investigation
The fire scorched this Nuuanu home early Sunday.

NUUANU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Fire Department has completed their investigation into a Nuuanu house fire over the weekend.

Fire investigators were unable to determine a specific cause, and classified the fire’s cause as ‘undetermined' due to a lack of specific evidence in the area of the fire’s origin.

The damages were tallied up and resulted in $250,000 to the home and its contents, and $3,000 in additional damage to neighboring homes and a parked vehicle.

The fire happened at 3 a.m. Sunday.

HFD said they were dispatched around to a single-story home on Kauila Street. When crews arrived on scene, they reported seeing flames moving from under the structure, up the left exterior wall and extending into the attic.

“I could hear everybody screaming, ‘Get out! Get out!’ And there was a big crackling sound," neighbor Rose Duncan said. "It was pretty horrible. So everybody got out and is safe, praise God for that.”

Firefighters began battling the blaze and had it under control around 3:30 a.m. and fully extinguished by 5 a.m.

It was reported that squatters were residing under the home and they were heard prior to the start of the fire, HFD said.

“We have had problems in the past with that building. When I first moved here there were squatters that had lived there for many years,” Duncan added.

The home itself is unoccupied and the owner lives in the mainland, according to HFD.

Duncan says the homeowner comes and goes and was working on fixing up the home.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, yellow caution tape blocked off the property and portions of the home were visibly charred.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

If you are concerned about a nuisance property or squatters living near your home, you can report it at the city’s website by clicking here.

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