Woman's body found after Aiea house fire

Richard Tom
Richard Tom

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

AIEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A woman died Friday night after fire swept through her Aiea home. The blaze was reported shortly after 10:15 p.m. at the residence at 99-518 Ulune St. The flames spread quickly and had engulfed the residence by the time crews arrived.

Neighbor Richard Tom was watching television when his lights began to flicker.

"The lights sort of went on and off. And so I was curious, so I went outside there, and of course, then I saw the flames," Tom said.

The fire destroyed the home, and gutted two cars that were in the garage. The flames also scorched the lawn and nearby trees, and even melted the vinyl siding of the house next door.

"We could feel the heat over here," said Tom, who lives two houses away. "It wasn't really hot, but we could still feel the heat."

Tom went up on his roof with a garden hose to protect his property. "I was watering down the area, the roof and plus the surrounding area, and of course I tried to shoot the hose to the next door neighbor, but it wasn't strong enough."

Authorities did not release the identity of the dead woman, but neighbors said she was Jane Ebisui, who was in her 60s. Neighbors said she lived there with her son, Alan, who was not home when the fire broke out. Investigators spoke with Alan Ebisui Saturday, but he did not speak to reporters.

"We hardly ever saw them," Tom said. "The mother and son evidently kept to themselves."

Investigators haven't released the cause of the fire yet.

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