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Fire at multi-unit home on Piikoi displaces eight

Courtesy: Ricky Wise Courtesy: Ricky Wise
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Teresa Cunningham Teresa Cunningham
Capt. Terry Seelig Capt. Terry Seelig

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A fire broke out at a multi-unit home on Piikoi Street Thursday, displacing eight people. Fortunately, no one was injured.

It started on the second floor of a two-story wooden structure shortly after 7:00 AM. Althea Cunningham, 6, who lives in a unit downstairs, saw the flames and quickly alerted her mother.

"Popping, popping," the little girl described the noise she heard. "I got up and I looked up and there was fire."

"She screamed, 'Mommy, mommy, there's fire upstairs,'" Teresa Cunningham, Althea's mother, said. "What, fire? So I went outside and look up and there's fire really. It was big fire already."

Officials say the fire started in a vacant, second-floor unit and then spread to an adjacent unit, where one man lived.

"He was in the shower when bystanders pounded on his door to tell him that there was a fire in his home," Capt. Terry Seelig, Honolulu Fire Department, said. "So he was able to get out without any injury."

Firefighters used a compressed air foam system to help control the flames. They say the blaze was under control within 20 minutes.

The fire caused an estimated $130,000 in damages. Seelig says the units on the ground floor sustained water damage.

"My daughter today is my angel because she's the one who saved our day today," Teresa Cunningham said.

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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