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Village Park family escapes huge house fire

Dennis Bustamante and his son Dennis Bustamante and his son
Village Park fire Village Park fire
The Bustamante's burnt home The Bustamante's burnt home
The Bustamante family's dogs The Bustamante family's dogs

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "Smoke. Fire. It was hell," Dennis Bustamante said.

For several frightening minutes Bustamante thought he and his family would die in the fire that burned through their Village Park home around midnight.

All nine were inside when flames raced through the single-story home and brought neighbors running.

"By the time I got to the front of the home I saw flames at the front door and I was already on the phone with 911," Maureen Andrade said.

"The fire was like fifty-, seventy-feet in the air," John Kanaulu said. "Some of my neighbors were saying they could see it from the freeway."

It took firefighters about an hour to extinguish the flames.

The family, including an infant, a two-year-old, and an elderly woman, escaped through a back door

shaken and scared but safe.

"I feel awful right now. I actually lost everything but my ohana is all right and that's the main thing," Bustamante said.

The front of the single-story home took most of the damage. But the fire reached bedrooms in the back, burning through windows and threatening the Bustamante's dogs.

Neighbors are caring for the pets..

"One of them has burnt paws and the other one has some burn spots on her. I'm glad that we could just be there to help them out," said Kathy Hord who lives next door.

The fire did an estimated $400,000 damage. It destroyed the family's photographs and all of their Christmas gifts.

"Things happen and we lost a lot of stuff but it can be replaced. We get our health. We live another day," Bustamante said.

The Red Cross is helping the family.

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