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Ewa Beach Fire Claims Life

Fire Capt.... Frank Johnson Fire Capt.... Frank Johnson
Chase Duvauchelle Chase Duvauchelle
A man who works for the Board of Water Supply aided at the scene of the fire and was treated for smoke inhalation A man who works for the Board of Water Supply aided at the scene of the fire and was treated for smoke inhalation

By: Kristine Uyeno

(KHNL) - One person is dead after a fire rips through a Leeward Oahu home.

At about 10 a.m., Board of Water Supply employees, working on a project nearby, and neighbors raced to the scene.

"I when run out, I was helping them in the back, but the smoke was too thick so we was busting the windows down. So the smoke can come out, but the back room, the flame was real strong," said Chase Duvauchelle, neighbor.

They tried to use gardenhoses to extinguish the flames.

"The flames from the backroom, the thing was actually swirling out the windows when we when break 'em through," said Duvauchelle.

Firefighters arrived shortly after.

"The fire was well developed at that time, about 50% of the house was involved in fire at the time," said Honolulu Fire Capt. Frank Johnson.

Officials say the fire may have started in the back room of the house. They say the fire burned for 10 minutes, before firefighters got it under control.

Witnesses also say they heard people arguing inside the home before the fire started. One person, who was in the back room, died. And a Board of Water Supply worker who helped, was treated for smoke inhalation. Damage to the house and to the contents inside, is estimated at $280,000.

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused the fire. They don't know whether the person killed was a man or a woman.